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Debate Team Remains Tops in the State

Posted on | February 25, 2011 | Comments Off on Debate Team Remains Tops in the State

students holding awards

Competing debate team members

Members of the Mānoa Debate and Forensics Society successfully defended their Hawaiʻi championship status with victories at the inter-varsity British Parliamentary debate tournament, which featured 28 teams from the United States, Canada and Korea, heldat Hawaiʻi Pacific University.

The Mānoa team won the island division for the second year in a row and came in second overall in the tournament. Team captain Daniel Hugo was awarded second place in individual speaking among 56 competitors. En route to the elimination rounds, Mānoa debaters defeated teams from strong programs such as New York University, Northwest, Seattle and HPU.

The A team, consisting of Hugo and Eliot St. John, was seeded after preliminary rounds and competed in a tight final, facing teams from La Verne, York University (Canada), and McNeese State. B team members Christian Gilbert and Kyle Dahlin narrowly missed the semis. And, after six rounds, the C team of Keoni Davey and Jay-me Morita made it to the semi-finals, seeded fourth overall.

The Mānoa team has been in existence for only two years, and is directed by Assistant Professor of Speech Robert Boller.

Read the news release.