Gearing up to graduate in Spring 2014 with a double
major in History and Political Science, Calvin Horne leaves
behind him a legacy of leadership.
Having served as Senate Chair, Debate Team Captain, and
an RA in his time here at Northwest, Horne is more than
just a familiar face on campus. He has become a real facet
of the NU community.
His favorite experience during his time at Northwest,
however, has been his involvement with the debate team.
Horne joined debate as a freshman, and by the end of that
first year, he was already being elected team captain.
John Swayne, a fellow debater, joked, “Calvin is not only
an incredibly intelligent and devoted debater, capable of
making me regret almost anything I say in a debate round,
but is genuinely a great guy. He’s made these last few
semesters of debate really enjoyable.”
Recently, Horne and his partner Abbie Kruse participated
in a national debate tournament in which his team was
ranked in the top 16 in the nation, exceeding their main
goal of placing in the top 32 teams. Horne also had the
honor of being the 33rd best speaker at this prestigious
Having been debate partners for the past semester, Kruse
is truly able to attest to Horne’s extreme dedication. “It’s
incredible how much time he puts into debate to make sure
he is the best he can be. I am excited to see where he goes
in life,” she said.
Some might assume that as a debater Horne loves to argue,
but outside of debate, he is more soft-spoken. His warm
heart and ability to easily take on a challenge has aided him
in being an RA for the Hive last year and serving as senate
chair for NUSG this year.
Horne was prompted to run for NUSG by the former
NUSG President, despite the fact that he had never
participated in Senate before. He tasted a little of his future
position when he partnered with Nation Garza to craft the
latest visitation policy a few weeks before elections. “That
was a really cool introduction to what Senate is capable
of, and it propelled me to be excited about this year,” said
Under Horne’s leadership, the student senate ran smoothly
and efficiently, taking on more tasks and
initiatives than they ever had in recent years.
Donald Kimball, who will be taking over Horne’s
position, noted, “It will be extremely difficult to
fill his shoes.”
Post-graduation, Horne intends to take a gap year and
pursue internships to gain experience.
Currently, he works with the City of Kirkland in their
Inter-Governmental relations department, which works
with city, county, and state governments. With a potential
internship lined up under State Senator Steve O’Ban this
summer, Horne is looking forward to potentially assisting
with campaign work and becoming familiar with the inner
workings of a political campaign.
In the long term, Horne hopes to attend law school.
As a result of watching his grandparents nearly get
swindled by a lawyer, he has a desire to break the
stereotype of the greedy lawyer who just wants to get as
much money out of clients as possible. He is passionate
about defending the defenseless and bringing integrity to
When asked about Horne’s future prospects, Debate Coach
Jacob Witt commented, “Calvin sees the advantages of
debate beyond trophies and tries to develop his teammates’
engagement with the world around them. Wherever
he goes after NU, Calvin will bring the same level of
commitment and pursuit of excellence.”
As he graduates, Horne encourages students to get
involved on campus, no matter how uncomfortable it may
feel: “If you make the first move and decide to go to that
first meeting of a club, Senate, or debate team, then there
are immense opportunities for growth and relationships.”
Horne will truly leave a legacy of leadership here on
campus, and the NU community looks forward to seeing
what he will accomplish in the future.
Written by Joy Shin & Katie Powell