Debate Team Goes to Nationals

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The University of West Georgia Debate Team has qualified for the 2008 National Debate Tournament for the 36th consecutive year, the fifth longest streak in the nation. Only Harvard University, Dartmouth College, the University of Kansas and the University of Southern California have longer streaks.

The team of Geoff Lundeen of Grand Rapids, MI, and Jim Schultz of Jupiter, FL, was recognized as one of the top 16 teams in the nation, earning a First-Round At-Large invitation to the NDT. Lundeen and Schultz completed their regular season with an overall record of 52-14, including wins over the top teams from across the country.  At both of the two largest tournaments of the season, Wake Forest University and the University of Texas each had more than 150 teams from across the country competing. Lundeen and Schultz completed the preliminary rounds with a perfect 8-0 record, the only team to do so.

Dr. Michael Hester, assistant dean of the Honors College and Debate Coach, praised his top team for their performance.

“UWG Debate has always been blessed with tremendous institutional support and our teams have benefited from a strong foundation,” said Hester. “Geoff and Jim have represented the university wonderfully this year, proving time and again that the students at West Georgia can successfully compete against, and defeat, the brightest academics at the very best universities in the U.S.”

In addition to their debate success, both Lundeen and Schultz achieved 4.0 grade point averages in the fall semester, the third consecutive 4.0 for Lundeen.

The team will now begin preparations for the two national championship tournaments. The Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship will be hosted at Wichita State University on March 20 – 25 followed by the National Debate Tournament is being held at California State University at Fullerton on March 27 – 31.

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