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.