Howlin’ Yotes finish strong at Steve Hunt Classic

The College of Idaho speech and debate team had a strong showing over the weekend, finishing fourth in a field of 35 schools at the Steve Hunt Classic Debate Tournament held at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. The finish helped the Howlin’ Yotes move into first place in the Northwest Conference Division II, where they are the defending champions.

In senior parliamentary debate, C of I senior Kris Cruz and sophomore Tyler Guryan were finalists. Also winning finalist awards in World Championship style debate were juniors Tyler Hatch and Ari Lawson as well as sophomore Ana Sanchez and senior Karissa Tatom. In novice parliamentary debate, C of I sophomore Caia McCurdy and freshman Susan Schram finished in second place. The Yotes also took third place with the freshman duo of Maddie Hanhart and Madai Montes.

Speech award winners from C of I included senior Cruz (first in forensics criticism), McCurdy (first in novice prose), Montes (first in novice drama, third in novice prose), senior Ben Losinski (second place in impromptu and forensics criticism), Hatch (second in senior program reading, sixth in senior drama), Sanchez (fourth in junior prose) and Hanhart (sixth in novice extemporaneous).

Team members Montes and Dorgham Abusalim will be blogging about their experiences with the team in the Experience The College of Idaho blog. To learn more about the Howlin’ Yotes, contact speech and debate coach and instructor Mack Sermon at [email protected].

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit