UGA has a growing squad of talented debaters, with varying degrees of high school and college policy debate experience.
Shyam Shanker is a senior at the University of Georgia. He is majoring in biology while eying a future path towards law school. He debated for 3 years at Wheeler High School while achieving success on the local Georgia debate circuit. He is a two-time qualifier for the NDT, having cleared to the elimination rounds of most college debate tournaments. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball and tennis.
Stacey is a fourth year debater at the University of Georgia, majoring in International Affairs and Political Science. Although she did not debate in high school, she has experienced a good degree of success in her college debate career. Stacey won the JV Divisions of both the Liberty University and Vanderbilt University tournaments, and cleared and received speaker awards at several other tournaments such as Kentucky, West Georgia, and Appalachian State.
Maggie is a junior from Johns Creek, Georgia and debated for four years at Chattahoochee High School. She is majoring in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Spanish. Maggie debated in national elimination rounds and the Tournament of Champions her junior and senior years at Chattahoochee.
Robert is a sophomore majoring in International Affairs and Political Science. He debated at Dunwoody High School, where he was a member of the first varsity debate team at his school. Robert was able to qualify twice to the TOC, and got to the elimination rounds of many national tournaments, including finals of the Barkley Forum at Emory. As a freshman at UGA, he reached elimination rounds of Wake Forest, USC, and Northwestern and qualified for the National Debate Tournament.
Will Caplan is a sophomore studying Political Science and International Affairs. Will debated at Chattahoochee High School where he made it to the elimination rounds of many national tournaments, including the NDCA and TOC. In addition to school and debate, Will enjoys reading about history and being patriotic. As a freshman debater, he qualified to the National Debate Tournament and debated in the elimination rounds of the Wake Forest, USC, and Northwestern debate tournaments.
Kristin is rising junior from Canton, Georgia. She is majoring in History and Anthropology with a minor in Linguistics and is pursuing a certificate in Native American Studies. She debated for four years at Sequoyah High School. As a freshman, she participated in numerous tournaments, including making the elimination rounds of Appalachian State.
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.
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.