Snapshots: Webster Hosts Study Break Debate Tournament

| December 8, 2014
Scott and Gina Jensen with two Webster Forensic and Debate team alumnae worked to help prepare current students for the tournament.

Webster Forensic and Debate coaches Scott and Gina Jensen welcomed team alumnae Melissa Benton and Alaina Gonzalez-White, who helped prepare current students for the tournament.

Alumni at the Study Break Tournament

Alumni at the Study Break Tournament

Webster University’s Forensic and Debate program welcomed home several alumni over the weekend of Dec. 6, hosting the 28th Study Break Debate Tournament Saturday, Dec. 7. This annual event is designed as a competitive opportunity for classroom and extremely novice debaters.

Six schools from four states attended the event, along with several alumni who came back as both volunteer mentors for Webster’s competitors and critics for the tournament. This followed on the heels of a Friday afternoon practice workshop that included alumni from St. Louis and New York City who took time to work with Webster’s young forensic students. “Our alumni network continues to be one of the most special things about our program,” noted Scott Jensen, director of Forensics.

The program hosts two college tournaments each year that brings back several alumni as tournament staff members and critics. Additionally, a number of alumni serve as mentors throughout the year, working with team members in shaping and practicing events throughout the year. Alumni also travel with the team throughout the year to provide coaching/teaching and logistical support. Jensen reflected on the nature of Webster’s forensic alumni.

“There are few programs in the  country that has the kind of alumni network we are blessed to have,” said Jensen. “Our program works hard to meet students where they are and move them forward. The dedication of our alumni is testament to the ability of our program to build lasting relationships between people, our team, forensic activities, and our university. It is a special thing with a value that I can’t begin to put into words.”

Award presentation

Award presentation


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  1. Ryan says:

    Was so great to bring my own team to your tournament. It is always a joy to walk down the halls of Webster–experiencing many of my own memories–while helping to create new memories for my students.

    Great tournament. So glad the university recognizes all you do, Scott and Gina!