Policy Debate Squad
The Debate Squad travels locally, regionally, and nationally to compete in Policy debate competitions.
The 2017-2018 resolution is:
Resolved: The United States Federal Government should establish national health insurance in the United States.
Georgia State University: Varsity debaters Kate Scolaro and Dennis Callaghan went 3-5 in prelims, and Emmanuel Kizito and Stefanie Gonzalez went 2-6! JV debaters Martin Alexis and Lindsey McNamara and Morgan Spicer and Stephanie Sanchez all went 4-2 in prelims. Morgan and Stephanie advanced to the quarterfinals round, and Martin and Lindsey got to finals! Morgan got 8th speaker in the division.
Sunshine State Showdown: Novices Kalimah Ujaama and Davis Dees made it to finals at the UCF tournament and got 3rd and 4th speakers respectively.
University of Mary Washington: JVers Martin Alexis and Lindsey McNamara went 2-4 in prelims, JVers Morgan Spicer and Stephanie Sanchez went 4-2 in prelims and broke to quarterfinals, with Morgan Spicer getting 8th speaker.
West Point: Varsity debaters Kate Scolaro and Dennis Callaghan went 4-4 in prelims and made it to the octafinals round! Varsity debaters Emmanuel Kizito and Stefanie Gonzalez went 6-2 in prelims and advanced to the semi-finals round, with Emmanuel getting 10th speaker.
Liberty University: Novice debaters Kalimah and Davis went 4-2 in prelims and advanced to octafinals. JVers Morgan and Stephanie went 6-0 in prelims and advanced to the finals round. Morgan and Stephanie also got 3rd and 4th speakers respectively!
Franklin R. Shirley Classic: Varsity debaters Kate and Dennis went 2-6 and Emmanuel and Stefanie went 4-4!
ADA Fall Championship: JV debaters Morgan and Martin went 5-1 in prelims and won the tournament! Martin got 4th speaker and Morgan got 1st speaker.
Texas Swings. Varsity debaters Kate and Dennis went 3-3 at the first of the Texas Swings and broke to octa-finals! Stefanie and Emmanuel went 1-5! At the second tournament Kate and Dennis went 2-4 and Emmanuel and Stefanie went 3-3!
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy: New Varsity debaters Martin and Shay went 1-7 and Morgan and Stephanie went 3-5!
James Madison University: Varsity debaters Kate and Dennis and Martin and Stephanie went 1-5, Emmanuel and Stefanie went 2-4!
District 6: Varsity debaters Kate and Dennis and Stephanie and Morgan went 2-4! Stefanie and Emmanuel went 5-1, a performance that qualified them for the 2018 National Debate Tournament, the first time a UF team has qualified in 13 years!
Cross Examination Debate Association Nationals at Seattle: Kalimah Ujaama (in her first varsity tournament) and Shay Jean-Baptiste went 2-6! Kate Scolaro and Dennis Callaghan went 4-4 in prelims and broke to triple-octas! Kate also won National Scholar Debate- Summa Cum Laude, an academic award bestowed on competitors based on GPA and debate achievement!
National Debate Tournament at Wichita State: In UF’s fist appearance at the NDT in 13 years, Emmanuel and Stefanie went 1-7 and received 6 ballots!