Debate Team

UAM students competing at the UCA debate tournament were (from left, first row) Kelly Reed, Brittany Halley, April Wright, (second row) Jacob Chisom, Kaitlyn Lybrand, (top row) Ben Graves, Eddie Weaver, and April Wright.

The debate team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello took home the top team and individual awards at the University of Central Arkansas “End of Hi-Bear-Nation Tournament 2014” held on the UCA campus last week.

Two UAM debate pairings shared the championship of the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) competition. The team of Kelly Reed of Bella Vista and Robert Weaver of DeWitt were named co-champions along with the team of April Wright of Conway and Breanna Taylor of North Little Rock.

UAM also captured the overall team sweepstakes competition, defeating teams from Henderson State, Arkansas Tech, UA-Fayetteville, Arkansas State, LSU-Shreveport, Bossier Parrish Community College, Central Arkansas, Tennessee, Union, and Louisiana College.

Individually, Reed and Weaver finished first and second in the individual speaker awards. In varsity IPDAdebate, Weaver reached the round of 16 while Wright was a quarterfinalist. Others competing for UAM were Ben Graves of Hot Springs, Jacob Chisum of Monticello, Kaitlyn Lybrand of Sheridan, and Brittany Halley of Monticello.