UNG debate team places highest among US teams in international, spanish-speaking championship

UNG debate team - international competitionStudents from the University of North Georgia debate team participated in the University World Debate Championship in Cordoba, Spain, this July. More than 500 competitors from 90 countries participated as either debate judges or team members for the eight-day tournament.

The group of nine UNG students competes nationally in Spanish and English language debates — some even competed in the Pan-American Universities Debating Championships in Jamaica in March. The recent debate was exceptionally competitive, and, while the UNG team did not reach the semi-finals, they did rank highest among the U.S. teams.

“These students were prepared to compete, both psychologically and in debate,” said Kenneth Martin, Spanish language professor who attended the event with the group. “To watch them prepare for each round and see impassioned orators come out as they put forth arguments was truly an impressive sight. As the largest and most notable group from the U.S., they proudly served as the standard bearers for our nation.”

The members of the debate team who participated in the event were Mallika Dinesh, Elton Garcia-Castillo, Daisy González-Torres, Julio Hernández, Anayely Moreno, Maria Palacios, Rebecca Pool, and Cristian Ramos. Additionally, Alejandro Ramirez, a UNG alumnus and former member of the debate team, participated in the event as a judge.