Student and Academic Life

UK Debate Wins Naval Academy Tournament

The Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate team is off to a fast start for the Spring 2021 debate season.
Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate is off to a fast start for the Spring 2021 debate season.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2021) — The Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate team, housed in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky, is off to a fast start for the Spring 2021 debate season with an impressive win at their first tournament, a three-day event hosted by the United States Naval Academy this month.

The team of David Griffin (freshman) and Jordan Di (freshman) finished as champions with a 9-1 record, defeating a host of strong teams along the way including Emory University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University and the University of Michigan.

“The Naval Academy tournament is something the team prepares especially hard for every season. The fact that Jordan and David accomplished this in their first year speaks volumes about their maturity and ability,” said UK Debate Director David Arnett.

UK Debate is currently preparing for their next tournament hosted by Northwestern University and will then turn their attention toward their virtual post-season tournament preparations.

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