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April 25 Declared UK Debate Team Day

UK Debate Team
Front row, left to right: Dave Arnett (coach), Jacinda Rivas, Maria Sanchez and Genevieve Hackman. Back row, left to right: Dan Bannister, Amar Adam (coach), Lincoln Garrett (coach) and Anthony Trufanov. Photo provided by the NDT.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2019) — For the University of Kentucky Debate Team today is a big day  as in their day.

Mayor Linda Gorton has declared April 25, 2019, UK Debate Team Day in Lexington to celebrate the team’s season long top national ranking. The proclamation reads as follows: 

                                                          UK  DEBATE  TEAM  DAY

WHEREAS,  the University of Kentucky Debate Team is ranked top in the nation; and

WHEREAS,  the debate team is led by one of the best partnerships in the country, Dan Bannister and Anthony Trufanov, both juniors; and

WHEREAS, Bannister and Trufanov recently won the 46th annual “Run for the Roses” tournament, a competition featuring the seven top debate teams in the nation; and

WHEREAS,  David Arnett has been directing the UK Debate Team for nine years; and

NOW, THEREFORE I, LINDA GORTON, MAYOR OF LEXINGTON,

DO HEREBY DECLARE APRIL 25, 2019,

UK DEBATE TEAM DAY IN LEXINGTON,

IN CELEBRATION OF THE TEAM’S TOP NATIONAL RANKING.

The success has also garnered letters of congratulations from Washington, D.C., from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Andy Barr. 

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