Autumn Zimmerman
  • History, Pre-law, and Speech Communications
  • Class of 2019
  • Concordia, KS

Autumn Zimmerman Contributes to Kansas Wesleyan Debate Team's First Place Win in School Sweepstakes - Dec. 4-5, 2015

2015 Dec 9

Autumn Zimmerman of Concordia , KS traveled with the Kansas Wesleyan University Debate and Forensics team to Lawton, OK, to compete in the Cameron University Christmas Classic tournament on Dec. 4-5, 2015, against college and university debate teams from Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, and Kansas. By claiming 15 of the prized nutcracker awards, the Kansas Wesleyan team won 1st place overall in the school sweepstakes competition.

Two different formats of debate were contested. In Parliamentary Debate, Kansas Wesleyan finished ahead of Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO), Texas Christian University and Tarrant County Community College (both in Fort Worth, TX). In Lincoln Douglas Debate, KWU's strongest competition came from the University of Central Missouri.


In Parliamentary Debate, the duo of sophomore Dakota Yates (El Dorado, KS) and senior Nick Fowler (El Dorado, KS) tied with the team of senior Amber Benning (Caney, KS) and junior Alex Vore (Fort Scott, KS) for 1st place in the Open Division; and the team of freshman Autumn Zimmerman (Concordia, KS) and freshman Jacob Studebaker (El Dorado, KS) placed 1st in the Novice Division. In Lincoln Douglas Debate, Studebaker won 1st place and Zimmerman finished in 3rd place in the Novice Division.

For the best speaker awards, in Parliamentary Debate Yates placed 1st and Benning placed 6th in the Open Division, and Zimmerman placed 1st and Studebaker placed 3rd in the Novice Division. In Lincoln Douglas Debate, Zimmerman placed 1st and Studebaker placed 3rd in the Novice Division.

PHOTO (L-R): Front row: Dakota Yates, Autumn Zimmerman, Katie Merrill Back row: Alex Vore, Jacob Studebaker, Amber Benning, Nick Fowler


The Kansas Wesleyan University competitive Debate & Forensics Program has won 29 national championships and has been competitive each year in the regional and national tournaments it attends. The KWU squad attends about twelve tournaments per year. These tournaments include schools from throughout the United States, including yearly or bi-annual visits to Louisiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and California.