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UGA has a growing squad of talented debaters, with varying degrees of high school and college policy debate experience.

Nathan Rice is a rising senior at the University of Georgia majoring in International Affairs and Political Science with a minor in Chinese. He has received a first-round at large bid to the National Debate Tournament as well as clearing to the elimination rounds at almost every college tournament.  He debated 4 years at Roswell High School where he qualified to the Tournament of Champions and reached the elimination rounds of numerous national tournaments. At the University of Kentucky he was top speaker, and he won both the Samford University and Florida Blue Key tournaments. Nathan was also the top speaker at the GFCA State tournament, in which he reached the semi-finals.

I'm a rising senior studying political science. I have received a first-round at large bid to the National Debate Tournament as well as clearing to the elimination rounds at almost every college tournament.  In high school, I debated for three years for Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. At Mount Vernon, I was a quarterfinalist at the Chattahoochee tournament and a top five speaker at the Chattahoochee and Grady tournaments. 

Advait is a freshman who attended Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland.  He reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 Tournament of Champions and earned speaker awards and participated in the late elims of the Emory, MBA, Glenbrooks, NYC Invitational, Wake Forest, and Harvard tournaments.  He also finished in the top 10 of the national "coaches poll" for high school policy teams.His academic interests include economics and international affairs and he's jazzed about the prospect of rooting for the Dawgs on Saturdays in the fall. 

I'm Swapnil Agrawal, a freshman policy debater out of Chamblee High School in Atlanta, Georgia. I'm majoring in Economics and International Affairs. I'm also a Foundation Fellow at UGA.  I hope to one day win a debate on China War Good.

Alyssa Hoover is a rising junior from Alpharetta, Georgia. She attended Milton High School, where she debated for three years. She is majoring in Landscape Architecture and intends on minoring in either French or English. As a senior, she competed in multiple elimination rounds at a variety of national and local tournaments, and won the Ohio Valley Invitational. She and her partner also qualified to the TOC in 2016. Alyssa qualified for the National Debate Tournament as a sophomore.  

Tripp is a rising sophomore from College Park, Georgia.  He debated at Woodward Academy, where he was one of the most accomplished high school debaters in the country.  He qualified for the National Debate Tournament as a first-year debater. 

Katie is a second year, originally from Calhoun, Georgia, where she debated for four years at Calhoun High School. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Health and Women's Studies. As a freshman, Katie was an octafinalist at Indiana and closed out JV districts, where she was also 3rd speaker. 

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Steven will graduate from the University in 2019. He debated for two years at Killian Hill Christian School; he won high speaker ranks under the NSDA league and he and his partner won 2nd place in an AACS national competition. 
He intends to major in Business Management and minor in Music, as he plays the piano and the accordion. His other hobbies include traveling, rafting, playing video games, and debating. 

Steven will graduate from the University in 2019. He debated for two years at Killian Hill Christian School; he won high speaker ranks under the NSDA league and he and his partner won 2nd place in an AACS national competition. He intends to major in Business Management and minor in Music, as he plays the piano and the accordion. His other hobbies include traveling, rafting, playing video games, and debating. 

Victoria Yonter is a first-year debater from Marshfield, MO, where she did 4 years of lay debate for Marshfield High School. Continuing as the math nerd she was in high school, Victoria is now a math and economics double-major. She is honored to be a part of the Foundation Fellowship program at UGA and is also involved in Honors Program Student Council, MathCounts Outreach, Math Club, and Econ Society. Her hobbies outside of debate include baking, playing piano, and napping.

Tucker Boyce is a junior from Alpharetta majoring in Economics and minoring in French. He is interested in foreign travel and international relations. He qualified for the National Debate Tournament in 2015, won the Liberty University debate tournament, and finished second at the Naval Academy debate tournament.  He also earned top speaker at the 2015 Lafayette debates, an annual public debate tournament sponsored by the French Embassy. 

Kristin is a senior from Sequoyah High School where she debated for four years. She is majoring in History, Cognitive Science, Psychology, and Linguistics with a minor in Anthropology. When not debating, Kristin works as a server in Athens and as a teaching assistant for the university. She plans to pursue her masters degree at the University of Georgia in either Artificial Intelligence or Education.