The College of Eastern Utah Forensics Squad claimed the national first place debate sweepstakes trophy and placed fifth in the overall competition at the recent National Phi Rho Pi Forensics/Debate Tournament in Concord, Calif.

The competition drew 71 junior and community colleges from across the nation.Other Intermountain Region schools turned in impressive performances at the competition as well. Utah Valley Community College captured fourth place honors in the Individual Events Sweepstakes and sixth in the overall competition and Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, earned sixth place honors in the debate sweepstakes.

"We have an outstanding region. By competing against each other throughout the year, we were well-prepared to challenge virtually any other school in the country and we proved it at the national tournament," said CEU Forensics Coach Neil Warren.

CEU's Brian Hall and Scott Wardle (both of Sandy) were named national champions in CEDA team debate and earned a gold plaque for their efforts, while their teammates, Billy Thomas (Price) and Tom Martin (Moab) captured third place bronze in the same category. Hall also claimed the gold in CEDA Lincoln-Douglas (individual) debate followed by Martin who won a silver second-place plaque. Thomas and Wardle both earned bronze awards in the individual format.