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Release: April 4, 2001
UI debate team national champions; senior debater Top
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa debaters
won the 55th annual National Debate Tournament Monday April 2, and one of
them was named the Top Individual Speaker in the country. Andrew Ryan, a UI
senior from Shreveport, La., won the Top Speaker award and with Andrew Peterson,
a UI senior from Ottumwa, captured the national championship.
The National Debate Tournament is the invitational
championship for intercollegiate policy debate in the United States, and is
sponsored by the American Forensic Association. This is the first time UI
debaters have won the national debate team championship. Iowa debaters have
won the Top Speaker award three times in the past 10 years. Peterson was honored
as the 11th place speaker.
A total of 78 two-person teams from 54 universities
participated in the four-day event, hosted by Baylor University, debating
the topic: "RESOLVED: That the United States Federal Government should substantially
increase its development assistance, including increasing government to government
assistance, within the Greater Horn of Africa."
Peterson and Ryan defeated teams from Dartmouth College,
Emory, Harvard and Michigan State Universities, and the Universities of Southern
California and Texas on their way to the national championship. David Hingstman,
a UI assistant professor of communication studies and the debate faculty advisor
and Paul Bellus, UI coordinator of forensics, reported on a comment by Harvard
Debate Directors Sherry Hall and Dallas Perkins. After observing the final
debate, the Harvard coaches said that this year's final round between Emory
and Iowa was one of the finest debates of the 2000-01 season.
Ryan and Peterson are members of the A. Craig Baird
Debate Forum at the UI, which is sponsored by the Department of Communication
Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and by the Division of Continuing Education.
For more information, contact Hingstman at firstname.lastname@example.org