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UA Debate Series continues to make a name for itself, hosts high school tournament

Alexis Frial

The UA Debate Series hosted the Wildcat Cup High School Debate Tournament.

The University of Arizona Debate Series is continuing to make a name for itself. In two years the team has hosted in a myriad of debates with plans to host more throughout the semester.

The team hosted the Regents’ Cup tournament at the end of last semester, where teams from all three of Arizona’s public universities came to Tucson to debate.

“My favorite memory with the UA Debate Series has been placing in my first debate tournament, the first annual Regents’ Cup,” said Nyah Fyfe, an intern on the event planning/coordinating team. “It was special to win scholarship money and go against two of our own members I had been most intimidated by. It was a really good learning experience, and although I had been scared out of my mind, I felt really supported by the entire team.”

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The Debate Series recognizes that talent starts early and the value of giving high school students the opportunity to showcase their skills.

This past weekend, the UA Debate Series hosted a tournament where high school students from across the state were able to come together and debate as one. The tournament lasted two full days and had an awards ceremony to cap it off.

“The past few days have been a marathon,” said Nathan Sawyer, an intern for the UA Debate Series. “This team is really close-knit and everyone gets along with each other really well … and everyone putting it together has been a lot of fun. I don’t know if I could have done it without all of the great people in the series.”

The next generation of debaters participated in the Wildcat Cup with a variety of debate styles, and some were lucky enough to come out decorated.

“It’s been a blast coming here to debate and just have friends to compete with. The judges have all been wonderful,” said Jerod Folden, a sophomore at Chandler Preparatory Academy – Great Hearts who won second place in his group for Lincoln-Douglas style debate. “We’ve been having a lot fun prepping for the debate and I was meeting new people from Catalina High School.”

On Feb. 18 the team plans to host a President’s Day debate, where members will take on the persona and policies of certain Democratic presidential candidates and current President Donald Trump. Stay up to date with the team on Twitter and Facebook.

After that, in March, the team will host a debate discussing the crucial issue of gun control just before a timely debate about the legalization of marijuana on April 21.

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