The Seawolf Debate team continued its pattern of success at the Huber Debates hosted by the University of Vermont on November 3-4. Of the five teams traveling to represent UAA, one team made it all the way to finals, two more to quarterfinals, and a third to Novice finals. This feat was particularly impressive considering that of the 80 teams assembled at the tournament from all over the US, only the top quarter of the field would make it beyond preliminary rounds.
The tournament featured six preliminary rounds before the team of Amy Parrent and Matthew Fox met their teammates Brittany Bennett and Kelsey Waldorf in the Quarterfinal round. In another room, the team of Matthieu Ostrander and Matthew Stinson debated teams from Cornell, US Air Force Academy and Bates College. While only the team of Parrent and Fox were selected to advance to the semifinal round, the team of Parker Dahl and Emerson White were announced Novice finalists at what was their first intercollegiate debate tournament. Dahl and White debated the morality of eating meat in Novice Finals while Parrent and Fox debated whether or not children should be screened at a young age according to their ability in Semifinals. Parrent and Fox prevailed to represent Alaska in the Final round of competition on the topic of whether or not the United States should grant states the right to secede by popular referendum. In the end a team from Cornell University was chosen as the tournament champion, but nonetheless the depth of talent displayed by the Seawolf Debate team did not go unrecognized.
In addition to bringing home multiple awards for all of the teams who advanced to elimination rounds, Brittany Bennett was recognized as the 5th Place Top Speaker and her partner, Kelsey Waldorf, as the 2nd Place Top Speaker of the nearly 160 individuals competing.
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