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MARSHALL NORSENG FRED WANDREY CARL AMUNDSON
HE 1929 debate season was officially opened by a call of Coach Williams for
twenty-one people to form a debate squad. After a series of elimination con-
tests, the following people were selected: Norseng, Davison, Wandrey, Amund-
son, Abrahamsen, Helen Hawkins, William Hawkins, Luberg, Merrill, Hill, Fink,
Shields, Fritz, Miller, Dittbrenner, Grimm, Vig, Bergseng, Johnson, McNamara,
amTMadlson. These people were d1v1ded Into seven teams, and practlce debates
were held continually for four or five weeks. Immediately after the Christmas
holidays, the squad was scaled down to eight people. The affirmative team was
composed of Norseng, Wandrey, and Amundson, with Luberg as alternate; the
negative team was composed of Davison, Hawkins, and Abrahamsen, with Wil-
liam Hawkins for alternate. Practice debates between the two teams were held
during January, and in February interscholastic practice debates were started.
Our negative met the Winona State Teachers College Team and a well informed
team from St. Norbort College at DePere. The affirmative in the meantime had
a practice tilt with debaters from Northland College. The conference debate season
opened the fourth of March. Our afhrmative defeated the strong Superior team,
while the negative defeated Eau Claire. Preparations were at once started for the
state championship debate, but a ruling of the Forensic Board made it necessary for
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J OHN DAVISON
By REXFORD S. MITCHELL
HEN John Davison graduates in June, River
Falls will lose one of the bulwarks of its forensic
strength. For four years John has helped to withstand
the verbal and oratorical onslaughts of conference and
non-conference foes. Always he has fought with skill
and finish, and always when the smoke of forensic battle
has cleared, the colors of River Falls have been flying
high. Few have contributed more to the forensic suc-
cess of River Falls than John Davison. He has repre-
sented us in oratory and extemporaneous speaking, he
has carried our colors into more than thirty debates, he ml
has been a member of two state championship teams,
and during four years of debating has lost but one con-
Having made an excellent forensic record in River Falls High School, uJack"
entered the college in 1925. Representing the Falls in debate his first two years,
he completed both seasons without defeat and was a member of two successive cham-
pionship teams. In his freshman year he teamed with John Burke and Fred Wan-
drey to defeat Superior and Stevens Point in conference debates on the child labor
amendment; in his sophomore year with Thomas Barry and Donald Olson as col-
leagues he scored wins over both Eau Claire and Stevens Point while opposing the
In his third year he was a member of the hrst Falls team to invade the south-
land. With John Burke and Marshall Norseng he participated in thirteen debates
with the southern universities and colleges, winning six of nine decisions. Prior
to this, while defending protection of American capital in foreign countries, he
helped Marshall Norseng and Donald Olson to defeat Superior, and with them
suffered at the hands of Milwaukee, his only conference defeat in four years.
This year iiJack" was leader of the team opposing government development of
water power resources. With Martin Abrahamsen and William Hawkins as team-
mates he defeated Eau Claire in the preliminary round, and like Norseng was pre-
paring to enter his fourth state championship battle when the "four year" decision
abruptly brought his forensic career to a close.
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JOHN DAVISON HELEN HAWKINS MARTIN ABBAHAMSEN
River Falls to withdraw. Had our teams been allowed to participate, we feel cer-
tain that they would have emerged victorious. All six debaters were of state cham-
pionship calibre, and showed careful preparation and coaching due to Mr. Williams
Not only was the college active in debate, but two other phases of forensic work
were admirably carried on this year, namely, oratory, and extempore speaking.
When the call was issued for orators five candidates responded: Carl Wolfe,
Foster Mitchell, William Hawkins, Jack Davison, and Horace Merrill. At the
local contest Jack Davison won first With the oration, iiManifest Destiny."
In extempore speaking three people, LeRoy Luberg, Fred Wandrey, and
Horace Merrill, responded to the call issued by Mr. Williams near the close of
the debating season. The topic for discussion this year was HThe Kellogg Peace
Pact." The contestants were given the general topic several weeks before the
tryout and were given an opportunity to read all available material on the subject.
The day of the contest the contestants selected some phase of the topic which 'was
presented in a twelve minute speech. Fred Wandrey won first and Horace Merrill
second. Mr. Wandrey represented the school in the state contest at LaCrosse
where he won second place. The contest was very close and the school was justly
proud of Mr. Wandrey.
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