The University of Arkansas at Monticello debate team captured both the overall and team sweepstakes competitions at the End of HI-BEAR-Nation Debate Tournament hosted last weekend by the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

UAM debaters shared the team debate championship and won both the varsity and novice divisions. The team of Cody Bijou of Crosby, Texas and Reagan Dobbs of Dayton, Texas, shared the team debate championship with fellow UAM debaters Jacob Chisom of Monticello and Ben Graves of Hot Springs.

Dobbs, a political science major, was the third place individual speaker in varsity debate, a varsity quarterfinalist, and the fifth place team speaker. Chisom, a general studies major, was the individual champion of the varsity debate competition, while Graves, a general studies major, was the second place junior varsity speaker and a junior varsity quarterfinalist.

Gabrielle Swain, a communications major from Monticello, was the novice division co-champion and first place novice speaker. She shared the novice co-championship with Kyle Hargis of Warren, who was the second place individual novice division speaker.

Other awards went to Blake Adkins of Vilonia, a semifinalist in the novice debate division; Keith Milstead, assistant director of debate and forensics, who placed fourth in the professional speaker division and was a debate finalist in the professional division; and Chris Brown, instructor of communication, who was the third place professional speaker.

Others competing for UAM were Nathan Bailey of Monticello, Kelly Brown of Siloam Springs, Justin Walker of Dumas, Emily Mendiola of Hamburg, and Diana Baxter of Dumas.