Debate Team Scores and Wins

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The University of West Georgia’s debate team captured the varsity championship and finished as the runner-up in the novice division during the recent Vanderbilt Invitational Tournament at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

The Wolves’ Tyler Boykin and Vanova Robles won the varsity championship, compiling an 8-1 record.

Their only loss was to Wake Forest in the preliminary round. They avenged that loss in the final round by defeating Wake Forest. Boykin, a sophomore from Ft. Lauderdale, was recognized as the 7th place individual speaker. Roble, a freshman, is also from Ft. Lauderdale.

The debate topic for the competition season is the whether or not the United States should increase the number of visas in various categories, including employment-based and family-based visas, plus those issued to victims of human trafficking.

In the Novice Division the team of Ted Gkoo, a second-year Advanced Academy of Georgia student, and Andy McKown, a West Georgia senior from Carrollton, finished as the runner-up.
This was only the second time that Gkoo and McKown competed and it was the first time they did so as a team. Their overall record as a team was 6-2. The team reached the championship round by defeating the University of Miami in the semifinals. But it lost a decision in finals to Samford.

McKown was recognized as the 5th place individual speaker. Gkoo was the 4th place speaker.

Other West Georgia debaters competing at Vanderbilt included: Adam Grellinger, junior from Alpharetta, who was recognized as the 4th place speaker in varsity; Natasha Godwin, a junior from Atlanta; Osayame Gaius-Obasecki, sophomore from Miami, FL; and Darcey McCampbell, a junior from Minnesota.

Schools represented at the Vanderbilt tournament, which was held Oct. 15-17, included: Appalachian State; Capital University; Georgia State University; University of Georgia; University of Kentucky; Liberty University; University of Louisiana-Lafayette; University of Louisville; University of Miami, Fl; Missouri State University; Samford University; University of South Florida; Vanderbilt; and Wake Forest University.

Next up for the West Georgia Debate Wolves is the Wake Forest/Appalachian State tournaments held November 19-22 in Winston-Salem.