The president of the Georgia Debate Union, junior Tucker Boyce from Alpharetta, recently won a study tour to France thanks to his outstanding performance at the 2016 Lafayette Debates at George Washington University, held on April 16-17 in the nation's capital. The debate tournament and the study trip are sponsored by the French Embassy.
Tucker was recognized as one of the tournament's top individual speakers, along with individuals from Stanford University, George Washington University, the United States Naval Academy, and Ecole de Guerre, the French military academy.
Tucker and his partner, Victoria Yonter from Springfield, Missouri, earned victories over Penn State University and Ecole de Guerre in the preliminary rounds of the tournament. This is the third consecutive year teams from the University of Georgia have competed at the Lafayette Debates. This year's topic revolved around whether democracies should increase domestic surveillance in light of rising terrorist threats.
30 universities competed at this year's tournament, including Stanford, the US Military Academy, the US Naval Academy, and Cornell University. More information about this year's event can be found here: http://lafayettedebates.net/debates.php.
Here is the event schedule for the alumni gathering taking place on the weekend of April 22-23 in Athens, Georgia.
April 22, Friday
6-10pm - Informal debate meet-and-greet Creature Comforts Brewery, 271 W HANCOCK AVE
April 23, Saturday
2:00-3:30pm Debate at UGA Law School
Topic: The United States should significantly reduce its military presence in the Republic of Korea.
Participants: Swapnil Agrawal/Victoria Yonter vs Cameron Henderson/Katie Marshall
Judges: Shunta Jordan (Director of Debate @ Pace Academy), Shawn Powers (Prof of Communication @ Georgia State), Brent Culpepper (Associate @ Milbank)
6 minute constructives, 2 minute cross examination, 4 minute rebuttals, 5 minute preparation time for each team
Location: Dean Rusk Hall, Room 120
3:30- 4:30pm - Afternoon snacks, Dean Rusk Hall, Larry Walker Room
4:30-5:30pm – Alumni fundraising round-table Caldwell Hall, Room 606
6-9pm - alumni reception and banquet at the Georgia Center, Magnolia Ballroom
UGA students, friends, and faculty, please join us at the Richard B. Russell Special Collections library for our annual Russell Scholars public debate! The debate will feature recipients of the Russell debate scholarship and will revolve around whether the US should reduce its military presence in Northeast Asia. We hope to see you in a couple of weeks!