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UT Tyler Debate Team Recognized in Competition

October 12, 2010

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The University of Texas at Tyler Debate Team was recognized in competition during the 2010 Forum in the Forest Tournament co-hosted by Rice University, Dr. Dennis Cali, Department of Communication chair, announced.

Junior economics major Alex Warren of Tyler and junior political science/communications double major Travis Smith of Palestine placed third after going undefeated for the second tournament in a row during preliminary debates. Freshman English major Addison Gribbin of Ennis and freshman accounting major Michael Jones of Paris placed in the top 12.

This is the second tournament in a row for the team to advance to the final elimination debates.

“We have a 94 percent win ratio so far this year, which is excellent,” said Dr. Charles Walts, director of forensics. “The win ratio is often used as a measure of the skill of a team. Warren and Smith also received a bid to the University of the Pacific Round Robin. A round robin is an exclusive tournament reserved for the most competitive teams.”

This marks the second round robin initiation for Smith and Warren, out of a total of three national round robins.

If successful in their bid for the third, Smith and Warren will be the only team in the country to achieve this feat, outpacing current national champions University of Colorado – Boulder and Texas Tech University, Walts added.

The University of Texas at Tyler Debate Team finished in the top three at the debate season opener, where they defeated teams from William Jewell College, Texas Tech University, Southern Illinois University and McKendree University.

For more information about the debate program at UT Tyler, contact Walts, 903.565.5627 or CWalts@uttyler.edu.

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