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October 19, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Debate Team Members Awarded Honors at National Tournament

Debate team members at The University of Texas at Tyler recently received honors at a national tournament, Dr. Charles Walts, director of forensics and assistant professor of speech communication, announced.

UT Tyler juniors Travis Smith of Palestine and Alex Warren of Tyler placed second after losing to Washburn University in the final round of the McKendree University Debate Tournament held earlier this month in Lebanon, Ill. UT Tyler senior Jordan Innerarity of Lindale and sophomore Kinsey Martin of Paris placed fourth in the quarterfinals. Overall, the UT Tyler squad placed fifth in sweepstakes points.

Thirty-five teams from across the country participated in the tournament. UT Tyler competed against Central Michigan University, DePauw University, Loyola University, Southern Illinois University, Wheaton College and William Jewell College, among others.

“We have been working hard to be competitive on the national circuit, and these results show that we can compete, and beat, some of the best teams out there. Unlike most collegiate activities, there are no conferences or divisions, thus teams compete against one another in an open field,” Walts said.

The team nationally competes in parliamentary debate, which is governed by the National Parliamentary Debate Association.

For more information about the UT Tyler Debate Team, contact Walts, 903.565.5627 or cwalts@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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