Towson debate team places second in national competition

Top two university teams to advance to National Debate Tournament in Dallas

TOWSON, Md. (March 24, 2011)—The Towson University debate team of Fernando Kirkman and Ben Crossan placed second overall at the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Debate Tournament in Binghamton, N.Y.

Over 130 teams representing 50 colleges from across the country competed in the tournament, where competitors speak at a rate of 400 to 500 words a minute to squeeze as many arguments as they can into set time frames. The winner is chosen for their skills in logic and research rather than presentation. The Towson team lost to a Kansas State University team on a 6-3 decision late in the evening on March 22.

Towson University’s top two teams— determined by national competition rankings during the regular season—will travel to the University of Texas at Dallas for the 65th Annual National Debate Tournament to be held March 25-28, 2011.

Out of 276 competitors, Towson's individual debaters also received top speaker awards with all members contributing to the team’s success:

  • Ben Crossan (6)
  • Ben Morgan (7)
  • Fernando Kirkman (13)
  • Ignacio Evans (23)
  • Jasmine Owens (56)
  • Jean Michel Habineza (99)
  • Lucas Oliveira (143)
  • Sofi Martinez (155)
  • Jessica Connor (170)
  • Joy Kacyira (183)

Towson students Dayvon Love and Deven Cooper won the CEDA Tournament in 2008, becoming the first African-American team to ever win a national debate competition. Love and Cooper won round after round in the tournament of 183 teams before defeating a Kansas University team 7-4 in the finals.

To learn more about speech and debate at Towson University , visit the team's website.






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