– By Emily Wurst
The University of West Georgia debate team has found themselves in an excellent position at the end of the season, with two duo teams securing spots at this year’s National Debate Tournament (NDT).
Earlier this month, UWG students Thomas Jordan and Josh Michael finished their regular season with a position in the Elite Eight at the Northwestern tournament. The two-person team ranked among top-name universities including Emory University, Harvard University and University of California at Berkeley. The team’s success this season has earned them a place at the NDT later this year.
UWG has two dynamic duos headed to the NDT: Jordan and Michael will be joined by Gershom Chan and Nick Charles. Only 78 teams nationwide compete in the NDT each year. Dr. Michael Hester, director of UWG Debate, is proud to see two of these positions held by his students.
“To have two of the 78 debate teams at the NDT is strong evidence that UWG students are capable of succeeding in intense and rigorous interscholastic competition against the top students from the top universities in the nation,” said Hester.
UWG has attended the NDT 44 out of the past 46 seasons, with a current five season consecutive streak of clearing the elimination rounds. UWG Debate consistently holds their own amongst some of the top-ranked schools in the nation, even outside of their own division.
“UWG Debate is unique among organizations on our campus in that we compete intercollegiately against schools outside of Division II, the finest academic institutions in the country,” explained Hester.
The UWG Debate has won three national championships in its history and is hopeful to bring home a fourth this year. This victory has high potential for the school.
“It would be a fantastic achievement for the students, who work so hard,” said Hester. “That would be the most important outcome.”
“For the university, it would be a testament to our Vision to be the best place to work, learn, and succeed,” Hester continued. “For more than 40 years now, West Georgia has already been the best comprehensive university in intercollegiate debate. Winning another national championship would just be another feather in our cap.”