The Georgia Debate Union has partnered with the Digital Debate Camp to expand access and opportunities for high school debaters within and beyond the state of Georgia. It services high school policy, public forum, and Lincoln-Douglas debate formats.
The Digital Debate Camp, created by Georgia Debate Union assistant coach and PhD Candidate in Communication Studies Steven Murray, is an online debate camp aimed at lowering entry barriers for students who want the benefits of debate camp but who struggle to afford the cost of attending.
More information about the Digital Debate Camp can be found here:
The University of Georgia was ranked as a top 10 "best value" for public universities in the United States. UGA moved up two spots to No. 10 on Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of 100 best values among public colleges and universities for 2017. Other universities in the top 10 include the University of Virginia, the University of Florida, and Georgia Tech.
More information about the rankings and UGA's continued academic rise can be found here:
The Georgia Debate Union just concluded its 2016-17 season and it can be considered a huge success.
In the end of the year rankings, the Georgia Debate Union finished ranked 3rd, 7th, and 8th amongst the college policy debate organization rankings.
UGA placed third in the American Debate Association varsity rankings, 7th in the National Debate Tournament varsity rankings, and 8th in the Cross Examination Debate Association rankings.
Teams representing the Georgia Debate Union won four tournaments over the season, including victories at tournaments hosted by Samford University, Liberty University, the University of Miami, and the US Naval Academy.
Teams from the Georgia Debate Union also placed third at the American Debate Association national championship tournament and the Lafayette Debates, an annual event held at George Washington University and sponsored by the French Embassy.
The Georgia Debate Union also qualified teams for the 28th consecutive year to the National Debate Tournament. Teams representing the Georgia Debate Union reached the elimination rounds of the NDT for the third consecutive year.
In addition to the team's collective success, members of the Georgia Debate Union saw individual successes as well in the form of various speaker awards, coaching awards, and service recognition.
The future of the Georgia Debate Union is quite bright - go Dawgs!
The Georgia Debate Union emerged victorious at the Crowe-Warken Debate Tournament at the United States Naval Academy, recently held over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend in Annapolis, Maryland.
Edward Panetta, department chair and professor of communication studies at the University of Georgia, shares his thoughts on the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump:
Great analysis from a great political communication scholar and debate coach! Go Dawgs!
The University of Georgia was recently ranked as the 18th best public university in the US News and World Report's most recent rankings. That was a 3 spot jump from the prior year.
This news comes on the heels of UGA's recent top rankings in Kiplinger's and Forbes.
More about the US News and World Report rankings can be read here:
The Georgia Debate Union was recently covered in UGA's school newspaper, the Red and Black.
2015-16 was a very successful year for Georgia Debate and it's nice to see the great coverage and PR!
The Georgia Debate Union would like to thank the debate class of 2016 for their various contributions over the past 4 years.
Whether it be winning on electricity prices and nuke malthus too often, to thumping Oxford on drone policy, to judging entirely too many HS tournament debates, to repping Georgia public high schools, to preserving the legacy of Sequoyah FW, you collectively have made a lasting impact on the Georgia Debate Union.
Good luck at Deloitte, at KIPP, at Georgetown, and whereever future adventures take you.
AJ, Anushka, Chetan, Kristin, Lloyd, Robert, Vincent, and Will - thank you!
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.