Monday, October 14, 2013

'13-'14 US Universities National Open

Seawolves Shine in the Semifinals of the US Universities National Open

For the fifth year in a row debaters from UAA advanced to the elimination rounds of the US Universities National Open debating tournament hosted by Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA.

Six Seawolves representing UAA traveled to the competition to compete against over 30 teams from across the US including teams from southern California, Hawaii, and Vermont. For half of our team this was only their first or second intercollegiate debate competition, and they demonstrated their exceptional ability in the pattern of success that the Seawolf Debate program has become known for.

The weekend event challenged debaters to engage on topics ranging from recall elections, displaced refugees to home ownership and conditional welfare programs. After eight preliminary rounds of competition one team from UAA earned a spot in the semifinal round. In the semifinal round the team of senior debater Amy Parrent & freshman Johanna Richter was charged with defending the motion that jury trials do more harm than good.  While the Seawolves would have to settle for earning semifinal honors, their efforts were further rewarded when Amy Parrent was announced as the 5th place Top Speaker of the nearly 70 speakers competing. While only 8 teams could advance to the semifinal round of competition, the UAA team of Andrew Kerosky & Bexley Brown was also awarded 9th place in recognition of having tied their teammates (Parrent & Richter) in team points, missing the break to semifinals on the tie-breaker of individual speaker points earned.

Also representing the Seawolves this weekend was the novice team of Judy Jessen & Jonathon Taylor, who missed the break to the semifinal round by only a single team point of the possible 24.

The team next travels to the North American British Parliamentary Debate Championships hosted by Hart House University of Toronto on October 17th. For more information, please contact Steve Johnson (786-4391) or Amie Stanley (786-4354).

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