UND debate team lone Midwest team at Washington, D.C., tourney


David L. Dodds

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Four debaters from the University of North Dakota Forensics (speech and debate) team are competing in a national parliamentary debate tournament through Feb. 6 in Washington, D.C.

American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Values & Capitalism project and Colorado Christian University is hosting the 2016 Values & Capitalism NPDA Invitational Tournament at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. The tournament began at 11 a.m. on Today (Friday, Feb. 5) and will conclude with an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The debaters competing for UND are Bryan Baker, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Julia Sebekow, Northwood, N.D.; Logan Longtin, Williston, N.D.; and Benjamin Olson, Fargo.

This unique tournament will draw upon AEI’s rich history of public policy analysis and offers Open Division competition. UND is a nationally recognized team with multiple successes under its belt. The debate team will bring a national spotlight to the academic integrity of UND and will also be the only school from the Upper Midwest competing, according to Olson.

In addition to the traditional judging pool, AEI scholars and staff members and local professionals will also adjudicate some tournament rounds. Tabulation will be conducted by experienced, college-level tournament directors.

Check back with the UND Forensics Facebook page www.facebook.com/UND-Forensics-Team-137242626438778/?fref=ts for tournament updates and team progress.