by Bonnie Butcher

Some of the brightest minds from across the nation recently gathered for two national championship tournaments of the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) and the National Debate Tournament (NDT). University of West Georgia was represented by two students, Josh Michael and Tommy Jordan, throughout the eight days of competition.

Josh Michael and Tommy JordanJordan, a junior in English, and Michael, a senior in mass communications, competed against 90 other teams at CEDA Nationals. As the days went by, UWG remained strong in the competition as other teams were knocked out. The team of Michael-Jordan defeated some of the most esteemed schools in the nation, including Cornell, UGA, James Madison, Northwestern, University of Kansas and University of Texas.

At CEDA, the team made it to the quarterfinals. This marks the twelfth “Elite Eight” appearance for UWG Debate at CEDA Nationals since 1999.

Competing against 78 teams at the NDT, UWG extended their streak to six consecutive years of reaching the elimination rounds. There are only six other schools with this accomplishment, including Harvard, Emory, Georgetown, Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern.

There were also individual achievements. At CEDA Nationals, Michael was recognized as first team All-American, and Jordan was recognized as a National Debate Scholar for academic achievement.

At the NDT, Dr. Michael Hester, director of UWG Debate, was given the Ziegelmueller Award for Outstanding Career Achievement.

"We are proud of the entire squad, and extremely happy for Tommy and Josh,” said Hester. “They committed to doing all the work necessary to achieve their goals and did it. They exemplify everything that makes UWG students so great to work with."

Posted on April19, 2017