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Photo 1: RMC debate team in Calgary (from left to right): Gerald Giebink, Daniel Murphy, Karen Wray, Susan Beks, Flavya Siqueira, Alex Orokotan, Toryn Rogers, Jack Jennaway, and Gavan Meyers. 

Photo 2: RMC debate team at Orator’s Rock in Greece (from left to right): Nancy White, Samantha Zetler, Holly Todd, Shelby Jo Long-Hammond, and David Fejeran. 

Debaters in CanadaRocky Mountain College debate students return from tournaments in Canada and Greece

BILLINGS, November 6, 2014 – RMC’s Debate Team has returned from successful tournaments in Calgary and Greece. On October 23, 2014, eight students from the Rocky Mountain College Debate Team traveled to Canada for the University of Calgary Invitational, which included approximately 50 teams from Canada and the United States.

“Our students completed well,” said Shelby Jo Long-Hammond, RMC director of forensics and associate professor of communications studies. “It was a novice tournament, and it was a good way to start off the season.” 

The eight RMC debate students who traveled to Calgary included Gerald Geibink, Daniel Murphy, Karen Wray, Susan Beks, Flavya Siqueira, Alex Orokotan, Gavan Myers, and Jack Jennaway. The team was led by Toryn Rogers, who is an RMC alumnus (2014) and assistant debate coach. 

Following the Calgary tournament, four RMC debate students traveled to Thessaloniki, Greece, with Long-Hammond to compete in the European Debate Tournament, the Thessaloniki Open 2014, which took place October 31 through November 2. RMC’s Debate Team was one of 38 teams from over 15 countries. 

Debaters in GreeceThe RMC debate team members who accompanied Long-Hammond to Greece included Nancy White, Samantha Zetler, Holly Todd, and David Fejeran. 

The European debate tournament covered topics from immigration policy to effective ways to enhance workforce development in the youth in Greece, which is experiencing a 65 percent unemployment rate for youth between the ages of 16 and 25. The two RMC debate teams finished in the top third of the tournament. 

“These tournaments are an amazing opportunity for representatives from various countries to discuss general topics and perspectives in an activity that encourages and allows it,” said Long-Hammond. “It’s a way we get past difficult times. Debate is a tool that we can use to find better solutions.” Long-Hammond shared a quote used by the tournament organizers, who said, “Words can be a powerful tool to bring understanding, justice, and solution.” 

You can follow the RMC Debate Team through Facebook and Twitter by following the RMC Debate page. All students are welcome to attend practices in Morledge-Kimball room 125 on Tuesdays and Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information or questions, contact Shelby Jo Long-Hammond at