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10/19/2009

http://cedadebate.org/forum/announcements-and-requests/national-top-25-as-of-1017/

Note that there is now a Top 25 Schools list, in addition to the Top 25 Teams list.

Team (First Place Votes) – Points Per Eligible Ballot (Previous Position)

1. Emory IW (20) -- 24.65 (3)
2. Michigan State LW (3) -- 23.05 (9)
3. Northwestern FS (1) -- 22.65 (2)
4. California BP -- 22.50 (4)
5. UT Dallas BR -- 21.04 (1)
6. Whitman CS -- 19.35 (7)
7. West Georgia BS -- 18.70 (5)
8. Harvard JP -- 18.54 (6)
9. Kansas KQ -- 15.61 (19)
10. Wake Forest MS -- 15.18 (8)
11. Oklahoma GW -- 15.13 (12)
12. Mary Washington KS -- 14.61 (16)
13. California BJ -- 12.61 (13)
14. Georgia CL -- 12.43 (11)
15. Emory GJ -- 11.09 (17)
16. Kansas KS -- 7.91 (14)
17. Harvard KR -- 6.71 (20)
18. Baylor CM -- 6.17 (10)
19. Idaho State JJ -- 6.08 (18)
20. Michigan LZ -- 4.04 (NR)
21. Kansas State MZ -- 3.75 (NR)
22. Southern California HL -- 3.13 (25)
23. UT San Antonio MT -- 2.71 (NR)
24. Gonzaga CJ -- 1.91 (22)
25. Vanderbilt BN -- 1.88 (NR)

Dropped out: No. 15 Missouri State FK, No. 21 Towson JM, No. 23 Emory NS, No. 24 Trinity BH

Also receiving votes: California GP, California GW, Emory NS, Iowa SV, Missouri State FK, Northwestern BF, Northwestern GL, Redlands IZ, Samford BG, Towson JM, Trinity BH, Central Oklahoma KS, Wake Forest CC, Wichita State BR, Wyoming BH


Top 25 Schools (by total points to that school per eligible ballot):

1. Emory -- 36.12
2. California -- 36.07
3. Harvard -- 25.25
4. Northwestern -- 23.86
5. Kansas -- 23.52
6. Michigan State -- 23.05
7. UT Dallas -- 21.04
8. Whitman -- 19.35
9. West Georgia -- 18.70
10. Wake Forest -- 16.68
11. Oklahoma -- 15.13
12. Mary Washington -- 14.61
13. Georgia -- 12.43
14. Baylor -- 6.17
15. Idaho State -- 6.08
16. Michigan -- 4.04
17. Kansas State -- 3.75
18. Southern California -- 3.13
19. UT San Antonio -- 2.71
20. Gonzaga -- 1.91
21. Vanderbilt  -- 1.88
22. Iowa -- 1.83
23. Samford -- 1.79
24. Towson -- 1.52
25. Missouri State -- 1.04

10/10/2009

• UGA Georgia Debate Union: The Georgia Debate Union from the University of Georgia reached the quarterfinals of the National Season Opening Tournament held Sept. 18-21 at Georgia State University in Atlanta. The UGA team of senior Brittany Cambre and sophomore Mike Lacy won five of seven preliminary debates and defeated second-seed Michigan State University in the octafinals to reach the quarterfinals. The team of senior Karen Harrison and freshman Austin Layton also won five of seven preliminary debates and were the 30th-seed in the tournament. Also attending the tournament were Dillon Horne, Jordan Edwards, Meredith McKay, Eric Bogart, Adi Sudarshan, Weilan Zhang, Justin Drew and Blaine Drew.

http://onlineathens.com/stories/101009/liv_503151433.shtml

09/27/2009

In the first Coaches' Poll of the 2009 session, the UGA team of Mike Lacy and Brittany Cambre was ranked 11th out of over 200 two-person teams in the country. This is partially a reflection of their strong showing at Georgia State. Good work!

http://www.ndtceda.com/pipermail/edebate/2009-September/079723.html

Team (First Place Votes) – Points Per Eligible Ballot

1. UT Dallas BR (19) -- 24.86
2. Northwestern FS (3) -- 23.62
3. Emory IW -- 23.33
4. California BP -- 21.14
5. West Georgia BS -- 19.71
6. Harvard JP -- 19.68
7. Whitman CS -- 17.76
8. Wake Forest MS -- 17.37
9. Michigan State LW -- 17.05
10. Baylor CM -- 14.41
11. Georgia CL -- 14.38
12. Oklahoma GW -- 13.41
13. California BJ -- 12.90
14. Kansas KS -- 11.23
15. Missouri State FK -- 9.23
16. Mary Washington -- 8.19
17. Emory GJ -- 7.38
18. Idaho State JJ -- 6.48
19. Kansas KQ -- 6.05
20. Harvard KR -- 5.82
21. Towson JM -- 5.36
22. Gonzaga CJ -- 4.67
23. Emory NS -- 4.48
24. Trinity BH -- 4.14
25. Southern California HL -- 2.00

Also receiving votes (alphabetical): Baylor LR, California GW, Central Oklahoma KS, Georgetown HM, Georgia HL, Harvard BH, Iowa SV, Kansas PW, Kansas State HW, Kansas State MZ, Michigan GC, Michigan State GS, North Texas PR, Northwestern BK, Northwestern GL, Samford BG, UT San Antonio MT, Vanderbilt BN, Wake CC, Wichita State BR.

Voters (and collaborations I know of): Arnett (and Reed), Atchison, Burk, S. Chung, Davis, Frappier, Gannon, Gerber, Hardy, Harrigan, Harris, J. Herndon, Hester, Johnson (and the Iowa coaches), Odekirk, Paul, Repko, Ryan (and Struth), Symonds, Thompson (and Battocletti), Vega, Warden.

09/26/2009

http://www.uga.edu/news/artman/publish/090928_GeorgiaDebateUnion.shtml

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Debate Union from the University of Georgia reached the quarterfinals of the National Season Opening Tournament held Sept. 18–21 at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

More than 170 teams from 50 colleges and universities traveled to Atlanta for the meet. The UGA team of senior Brittany Cambre and sophomore Mike Lacy won five of seven preliminary debates defeating teams from Trinity University, the University of Florida, Baylor University and Missouri State University. They defeated second seed Michigan State University in the octafinals to reach the quarterfinals.

The team of senior Karen Harrison and freshman Austin Layton also won five of seven preliminary debates and were the thirtieth seed in the tournament. They reached the elimination rounds of the tournament after defeating teams from Northwestern University, Wake Forest University, the University of Michigan and the University of Kentucky.

Also attending the tournament were Dillon Horne, Jordan Edwards, Meredith McKay, Eric Bogart, Adi Sudarshan, Weilan Zhang, Justin Drew and Blaine Drew.

This was the Georgia Debate Union’s first debate tournament using their sustainable Paperless Debate Initiative. Rather than carrying four to eight 50-pound boxes filled with evidence, each team stored evidence on laptop computers. Students built their speeches, shared evidence and took notes on their laptops.

The UGA team is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

03/14/2009

http://www.uga.edu/news/artman/publish/090312_DebateTeam.shtml

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Debate Team has qualified three teams to the National Debate Tournament for the first time since 2003. The NDT will be held at the University of Texas at Austin later this month.

The NDT is a qualifying event for the 78 best two-person debate teams in the country. As part of the selection process, only six schools are allowed to bring three teams to the event, based on an evaluation of competitive records over the course of the season.

This year the schools that have qualified three teams are: University of California-Berkeley, Emory, Harvard, Northwestern, Wake Forest and the University of Georgia.

The three UGA teams are comprised of debaters Brittany Cambre and Adam Schmidt, Karen Harrison and Maggy Warden, and Mike Lacy and Tommy Beyer.

The team’s new coach, Casey Harrigan, is in his first year at UGA preparing the teams for both regional and national competitions. This also marks the 20th consecutive year that UGA has qualified at least one team for the National Debate Tournament. Harrigan is a faculty member in the department of speech communication in UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

The trip to Austin will be funded through the support of the President’s Venture Fund.

02/25/2008

http://www.uga.edu/news/artman/publish/080225_Oxford.shtml

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia has challenged the Oxford Union Society to a formal debate for the third time and the Oxford Union has accepted this challenge. On Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m. in the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, several of that world-famous organization’s best debaters will compete against an elite UGA team in a hybridized British/American-style debate. The third installment will be of great significance as the series is currently tied.

“Like its previous iterations, the 2008 debate promises to be an hugely exciting event, which will showcase some of the best young thinkers and speakers from both campuses,” said Kalpen Trivdei, director of the UGA at Oxford program. “The topic is timely, provocative, and well chosen. I look forward to a second well-deserved UGA victory.”

The Oxford Union was founded in 1823 as an arena for the free exchange of ideas among students, and it soon became the forum for political debate in Oxford. Many British prime ministers have served as past presidents of the Oxford Union, and world figures such as Robert Kennedy, Mother Theresa, Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela have addressed its members. The Union team will be a hand-selected group of “all-stars.”

UGA’s team also will be assembled specially for this event. Drawing from the membership of the Georgia Debate Union, the Demosthenian Literary Society, the Phi Kappa Literary Society, the Law School and several other organizations, the UGA team will represent the variety of programs the university offers. First team members include: Naveen Ramachandrappa, UGA law student who participated in ’03 debate; Josh McLaurin, Foundation Fellow, UGA Debate Union member; Meg Turlington, member of the Mock U.N. and Demosthenian Society; Matthew Williamson, member of Demosthenian Society and a UGA at Oxford Alum. Alternates include: Andrew Paradis, member of Phi Kappa; Brittany Cambre, UGA Debate Union member; and Spencer Diamond, UGA Debate Union member.

The debate topic is “Resolved: That the United States Federal Government should ratify and implement the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.” This topic will likely access such issues as coercive interrogation, federal policy toward genocide and atrocities committed in foreign countries, the U.S.’s moral, political, and social responsibility in Iran, Iraq, North Korea, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Darfur, etc. The Union team has elected to argue the affirmative position and the UGA team will therefore argue the negative.

The moderator is Fraser Campbell, former president of the Oxford Union, fellow of All Souls College at Oxford University and trainee solicitor at Clifford Chance Law firm in London. Fraser was the captain of the Oxford Union team for the 2003 UGA vs. Oxford Debate.

Distinguished judges for the event include UGA President Michael F. Adams; John Wiles, District 37 senator; John Hinchey, senior partner at King & Spalding Atlanta; Martin Rickerd, British Consul General in Atlanta; Louise McBee, retired UGA interim provost and former member of the Georgia House of Representatives; Jere Morehead, vice president for instruction; and Steve Jones, superior court judge, Western Judicial Circuit.

In the last fifteen years, the University of Georgia has fostered one of the leading study-abroad programs in Oxford. In 2007, with the generous help of the University of Georgia Foundation and the support of Adams, the program has been fortunate to open a new facility for student use, a fully-renovated, 11,000 square-foot Victorian mansion in the heart of North Oxford. UGA continues to be one of only three American programs—and the only program at a public university—to operate year-round. Many UGA students join the Oxford Union upon arriving in Oxford, and, because of UGA’s status in Oxford as a respected sister institution – UGA students hold associate membership at Keble College during term – a healthy rivalry has developed between Oxonians and the University of Georgia.

For more information on UGA at Oxford, see http://www.uga.edu/oxford/.

12/06/2007

http://www.franklin.uga.edu/news/2007/article156_07.htm

Athens, Ga. – Ed Panetta, director of the Georgia Debate Union and associate professor in the department of speech communication at the University of Georgia, is this year’s recipient of the Glen Pelham National Debate Coach of the Year Award. 

Ed Panetta“While Ed Panetta [right] is always quick to give the credit to his team members, there is no doubt that he has earned the respect of all who are affiliated with intercollegiate debate and that the Georgia Debate Union success is a reflection of his passion for debate,” said Jerold Hale, department head of speech communication. “Under Panetta’s leadership, the Georgia Debate Union has earned a reputation as one of the most respected intercollegiate debate programs in the United States.”

UGA has been fielding competitive debate teams for more than 50 years with Panetta being a part of that effort for the past 20 years.  Under his leadership the Georgia Debate Union has qualified more than 35 teams for the National Debate Tournament (NDT), which is debate’s equivalent to the NCAA basketball tournament.  In the 1996-97 season, UGA became one of five debate programs in the history of the NDT to place two teams in the semi-finals of the tournament (finalist and semi-finalist).

The 2003 UGA team was the 17th team in the history of the NDT to compile a record of 8-0 in the preliminary rounds of the tournament.  In 2006-07 the program qualified two teams for the NDT for the 18th consecutive year. The Georgia Debate Union current record of consecutive appearances at the NDT exceeds that of any other SEC school by 16 years.  2007 was the most successful season in UGA debate history and ended with UGA students being awarded the prestigious Copeland Trophy, which is given to the top-rated team of the debate season.

The Georgia Debate Union supports interested debaters through travel to policy debate tournaments in the Southeast and across the country and has also been active in international debating during Panetta’s tenure as director.  Members of the Georgia Debate Union have been selected to represent the United States in Japan, Great Britain and Eastern Europe.  Additionally, Panetta was selected to coach the U.S. team that visited Russia in 1997.

For more information on the Georgia Debate Union, visit www.debate.uga.edu/ and for speech communication, visit www.uga.edu/~spc/. For information from the National Debate Tournament, visit http://groups.wfu.edu/NDT/.

04/27/2007

Quick thinkers, fast talkers tops in nation
Emory debate team wins prestigious prize

By By ANDREA JONES
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/27/07

They amassed boxes and boxes of research materials and spent hours a day reviewing every angle of their arguments. And when the time came to perform at the National Debate Competition in Dallas recently, Emory University senior Aimi Hamraie and junior Julie Hoehn took to the podium with grace.

Then they talked their lungs out.

The college debate team — the first all-female pair to win the tournament in its 61-year history — talk at speeds up to 400 words a minute in competitive mode, rocking back and forth as they hurl words, consult their notes and gulp for air.

To the untrained ear, it sounds, well, a little weird.

Think auctioneer meets attorney, with speed-talking the weapon of choice.

"It's much, much faster than normal conversation," said Hamraie, a senior from Colleyville, Texas, who, like Hoehn, has a full debate scholarship at Emory. "It takes a lot of practice."

And a lot of knowledge.

The pair estimate they reviewed 10,000 documents to prepare for the annual tournament, the most prestigious of its kind in college debating. All year long, college teams had tackled the same topics in debates around the country, arguing whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court should overrule one of four decisions. The debates escalate in difficulty and complexity as the season continues, culminating in the national tournament, held in Dallas March 30-April 2.

At their craziest, says Hoehn of Alpharetta, the pair spent 10 hours a day preparing for the big day. They faced off with the best teams around the nation and, in the end, beat them all for the silver championship cup. Both have been debating since middle school.

A team from the University of Georgia also took home top honors from the tourney as winners of the Copeland Award, given to the best overall team of the year.

UGA seniors Brent Culpepper and Kevin Rabinowitz also spent countless hours cramming data and honing their skills.

Culpepper, a speech communication and political science major who will head to law school in the fall, said after the tournament he "spent a week on the couch watching movies."

"You're so stressed out, there's so much adrenaline, afterwards, if anything, it's like a cathartic release," he said. Culpepper's parents attended the national tournament for the first time and were admittedly a little lost at first, he said.

"But after four or five rounds, your ears adjust, and if you really concentrate, you can comprehend arguments and begin to understand," he said.

Culpepper said he was glad to see the Emory women bring home the title. "It was a big year for Georgia," he said.

Melissa Wade, Emory's director of forensics, who has led the Emory program since 1972, said the sport had made great strides since she was a college debater and that she was "thrilled" to see more women and minorities take up the activity.

In addition to coaching Emory, Wade leads a nationally recognized urban debate league in local schools.

With Hamraie and Hoehn's historic win, Wade said, women who forged the way in college debate years ago are all sharing in the success. What does it mean personally for her?

"It's my career," Wade said. "There's nothing that could mean more."

04/03/2007

http://debate.uga.edu/docs/article68_07.htm

A debate team from the University of Georgia has won the prestigious Copeland Trophy, given to the best team in the U.S. during the course of the season.

The Copeland Trophy was won by Kevin Rabinowitz and Brent Culpepper for their stellar work during the year.

The award was given during the annual National Debate Tournament, held March 30-April 3 in Dallas. It drew debate teams from all over America.

UGA DebateCulpepper and Rabinowitz were the top-rated team in the 78-team field after the preliminary rounds, winning seven of eight debates and accumulating 22 of 24 possible judge decisions. They lost a 3-2 decision to Harvard in the single-elimination phase of the tournament and finished ninth nationally. (Pictured above from left to right: Ed Panetta [director], David Cisneros [assistant coach], Kevin Rabinowitz, Brent Culpepper, Chris McIntosh [debate alumnus, 1999], and Jarrod Atchison [assistant coach]).

Those who might remember the genteel days from years past where debate was a slow, almost solemn time of deliberate arguments might be shocked by college debate of 2007. Students speak with extreme rapidity—sometimes approaching 400 words a minute—as they argue pre-determined subjects. The competition is so physically and mentally arduous that is it sometimes called “Top Gun for geeks.” This year, for example, the debates examined both sides of four important Supreme Court decisions.

UGA has been fielding competitive debate teams for more than 50 years, but this is the university’s first Copeland Trophy. The team had a national reputation from 1964-77, continued as a regional power from 1977-87 and has risen again since then, placing several times in the top 10 at season’s end.

“Debate has been an incredible training ground for developing the habits and skills that will be essential in my early career,” said Rabinowitz, a risk management and insurance major from Fayetteville. “I’ve learned the value of intense preparation and thinking through both sides of an issue to understand a variety of perspectives. Enhanced communication and research skills are only the tip of the iceberg when considering the substantial benefits of intercollegiate debate.”

Current members of the UGA Debate Union are Shivan Bhatt, Brittany Cambre, Roi Ceren, Brent Culpepper, Spencer Diamond, Adam Grellinger, Andrew Hart, Brian Leary, Josh McLaurin, Austin McNair, Duncan Meisel, Todd Mitchell, Kevin Rabinowitz, Adam Schmidt, Maggy Warden and Alicia Yanker.

Winning the Copeland Trophy represents a summit of debate in the U.S., according to UGA’s team director, Edward Panetta, an associate professor of speech communication in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and director of the UGA Debate Union.

“The students in debate at UGA are very bright and very self-motivated,” he said. “As a teacher, I very much enjoy working with people who will significantly impact the world in which they live.”

Preparation is so intense that the UGA team spent spring holidays on campus preparing for the nationals.           

“Debate has been a great compliment to my academic studies at UGA because it combines the intellectual activities of research and argumentation with the fun, social aspects of traveling and competing at tournaments,” said Maggy Warden, a freshman pre-business major from Alpharetta. “Debating is rewarding on its own, but the teamwork and unity of the UGA squad makes the activity as a whole that much more enjoyable.”

The program has been growing at UGA both in accomplishments and in the physical space it occupies.

“We occupy the entire ground floor of Phi Kappa Hall, and so we therefore have one of the largest meeting spaces of any debate program in the country,” said Panetta. “Our travel budget allows us to travel several teams on a complete national circuit schedule each year, as well as sending less experienced debaters to a variety of regional and local tournaments.”

Between 10 and 18 students attend debate tournaments in the course of the year. Generally, the squad has between three and five stable teams that travel consistently throughout the year.

In January of this year, the team of Culpepper and Rabinowitz won the select invitational tournament held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. 

Each year Dartmouth College invites the seven best teams in the country to compete in a rigorous weekend of debates. The UGA team was the only team in the select event to post a winning record. Culpepper and Rabinowitz compiled a record of five wins and one loss in the round robin event. The UGA debaters defeated teams from Dartmouth, Emory, Harvard, Kansas and Wayne State on the way to a first-place finish. 

As a result of that victory, Georgia is now in possession of the Herbert L. James Trophy one of the most prized awards in debate.

11/19/2003

http://www.uga.edu/aboutUGA/compete-debate.html

There were signs early in his debate career that Naveen Ramachandrappa would represent UGA with distinction. As a freshman, he was a member of the UGA debate team that finished 2nd at the Novice National Championship held at Northwestern University. Today, Naveen is a senior and President of the Georgia Debate Union. He is one of the most successful intercollegiate debaters in UGA’s history.

During his junior year, Naveen and Shawn Powers won the National Season Opener and the Tiesenger Debates, two of the most important tournaments in the country. Their season culminated with a perfect record of 8-0 in the preliminary rounds of the National Debate Tournament, a feat achieved only 16 times in the tournament’s 56 year history.

This season, Naveen and his partner, junior Hays Watson, continued the outstanding performance. They placed second of 70 schools at the Harvard debate tournament in late October, losing the final round to Emory University. Then in mid-November, they finished second again out of 152 teams at the Wake Forest Tournament--losing the finals to Cal Berkeley. Naveen was recognized as the fourth best individual debater of 304 participants at the tournament.

Additionally, Naveen worked as an intern at UGA’s Center for International Trade and Security and had an Honors internship in the office of Congressman Johnny Isakson. In his free time, Naveen enjoys tennis and table tennis.

From The Team

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12/08/2009

GEORGIA DEBATE TEAM FINISHES FALL SEMESTER STRONG 

The University of Georgia Debate Team of Senior Brittany Cambre and Sophomore Michael Lacy finished the fall semester with a top 32 performance at the largest tournament of the semester, hosted by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC on November 15 – 17, 2008. They won 4 of 6 preliminary debates with wins over Dartmouth College, the University of North Texas, George Mason University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

The team of Senior Karen Harrison and Freshman Austin Layton won 3 of 6 preliminary debates. They defeated teams from the University of Texas at Austin, Northwestern University, and the University of Pittsburgh. 

Freshmen Adi Sudarshan and Willy Zhang also won 3 of 6 preliminary debates, defeating teams from George Washington University, Whitman College, and the University of Oklahoma. 

The team is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Franklin College, and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. 

Download: 120309_Wake_Release.pdf

11/11/2009

The University of Georgia Debate Team of sophomore Weilan Zhang and freshman Adi Sudarshan finished in the Top 16 in a tournament hosted by Liberty University on November 6-8. Sudarshan and Zhang won 4 of 6 preliminary debates defeating teams from Vanderbilt, George Mason, Clarion and Liberty.  

Sophomore Jordan Edwards and Freshman Eric Bogert also attended the tournament and achieved victory against teams from Vanderbilt and James Madison University.

The team is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Franklin College, and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Download: 111009_Liberty_Release.pdf

11/06/2009

The Georgia Debate Union from the University of Georgia reached the elimination rounds, reserved for the top 16 competitors, at the Tournament held October 31-November 2 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The tournament drew more than 85 of the top teams from across the country. The UGA team of senior Brittany Cambre and sophomore Mike Lacy won six of eight preliminary debates, defeating teams from Emory University, the University of Southern California, and Gonzaga University, among others. They reached the octafinals.

The team of senior Karen Harrison and freshman Austin Layton also won four debates, defeating teams from the University of Michigan, the University of Texas at Austin, Emporia State University, and Cal State Fullerton.  

This was the Georgia Debate Union’s fourth consecutive debate tournament using their sustainable Paperless Debate Initiative. Rather than carrying four to eight 50-pound boxes filled with evidence, each team stored evidence on laptop computers. Students built their speeches, shared evidence and took notes on their laptops.

The UGA team is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Download: 110809_Harvard_Release.pdf

10/27/2009

On October 16, The University of Georgia Debate Team traveled to Nashville, TN for the annual tournament at Vanderbilt University. The Dawgs had a good weekend in Nashville beating teams from Emory University and the University of Kentucky. Sophomore Dillon Horne and freshman Meredith McKay competed in the Varsity division as did Sophomore Jordan Edwards and freshman Eric Bogert.

It was an exciting weekend for six new members of the UGA debate team, competing in their first debate tournament. The teams of Shreya Ahuja and Janvi Wadiwala, Amita Nawathe and Amira Saahir, and Sequioa Bates and Michael Kelly all competed in the Novice division, exhibiting strong performances against more experienced competitors

The team is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Franklin College, and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Download: 102709_Vanderbilt_Release.pdf