UGA has a growing squad of talented debaters, with varying degrees of high school and college policy debate experience.
Matt Rosenthal is a freshman at the University of Georgia. He plans on double majoring in history and political science. Matt debated for four years at Chattahoochee High School and qualified for the Tournament of Champions his senior year. In his free time, he enjoys watching the Atlanta Braves and college football.
Shyam Shanker is a freshman at the University of Georgia. He plans on majoring in Political Science while also completing his Pre-Med requirements. He debated for 3 years at Wheeler High School ,under the coaching of Tom Burrows and Jeffrey Miller, having some success on the local Georgia debate circuit. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball and tennis.
Ben Johnson is a junior political science major at UGA. He debated for 3 years in high school and then went on to debate for Samford University in Birmingham for the first year and a half of his college career. He has recently transferred back closer to home (Monroe, GA) to be a UGA bulldog. With multiple speaker awards and having been the South-East Central JV debater of the year his freshman year, Ben looks forward to a successful debate career at UGA.
Adam is a freshman at the University of Georgia planning to major in Political Science. He debated for four years at Chattahoochee High School where he qualified for the tournament of champions his senior year. Adam has played chess for several years and has won multiple national titles including the 5th grade national championship, 2 bughouse titles, and a blitz title. In his spare time, he enjoys bowling and ultimate frisbee.
Eric Bogert debated for four years for Fayette County High School. At first, he tried out Public Forum debate, but he didn't like having rebuttals that were only a minute long. Because Public Forum sucked, he transferred to Lincoln-Douglas during his junior year. In his free time, Eric enjoys emailing famous professors who may or may not still be alive.
Stacey is a Freshman at UGA, where she plans to major in International Affairs and Political Science. She has previously debated LD as a "Beet-Digger" at Jordan High School in UT and "MUN-ed" (Model United Nations) in Georgia for two years. As she has never done Policy Debate before, nowadays she spends most of her time frantically attempting to absorb as much about debate as possible. When not attempting such a feat, she spends her time doing yoga and reading odd history books.
Meredith is a freshman at the University of Georgia. She previously debated for four years at Milton High School under the coaching of Adam Grellinger and Jeremy Spiegel. Meredith plans to major in Film Studies and Telecommunication Arts with a minor in French. In addition to debate, she participates in Running Club and Promote Africa.
Willy is a sophomore at the University of Georgia. He previously debated for three years at Chattahoochee High School under the coaching of James Herndon III and Luke Hill. At Chattahoochee, he qualified for the Tournament of Champions his junior year. While at Georgia, Willy now plans to major in Accounting with a minor in Speech Communications although this will probably change again in the near future.
Mike is currently a junior at UGA. He debated for four years at Chattahoochee High School where he qualified for the Tournament of Champions his junior and senior year, reaching the quarterfinals his senior year. He has also qualified for the National Debate Tournament the past two years, reaching the octofinals this past year. Mike is the current President of the Georgia Debate Union and plans to major in economics and minor in philosophy.
Austin is a junior at the University of Georgia. He previously debated for four years at Milton High School under the coaching of Jeremy Spiegel and Adam Grellinger. At Milton, he qualified for the Tournament of Champions his junior and senior year. While at Georgia, Austin enjoys eating Taco Stand, doing debate work, and going to UGA sporting events just for the free UGA merchandise. After a highly contested election, Austin is also the Captain of the Georgia Debate Union. Sidenote -- he is very good friends with Casey's sister.