The University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Speech and Debate Team tied two schools for first place during an online and international Spanish language debate April 23.

With a team of four native Spanish-speaking students, UNG tied Cornell University in Ithaca, New York; and the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela. UNG’s four-member team included Stephania Ortez, Nancy Camacho, Cristian Muniz, and Nathalia Ingles. Ortez claimed the top honor among all of the international students who participated online.

The other colleges and universities competing were George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable, Massachusetts; the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida; and California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo, California.

Dr. Joseph Pecorelli, the Spanish language adviser on the debate team and assistant professor of Portuguese and Spanish at UNG, participated as a judge for the other schools.

Dr. Pecorelli Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese

This marked the final competition of the season for the speech and debate teams at UNG.

Congratulations to our students and Dr. Pecorelli.