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Debaters Reap National Rewards

April 23, 2014

Laurie Morrissey
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

Katie Muzzy and Kevin LacourseTwo Saint Anselm College juniors brought trophies home from the four-day national collegiate debate tournament at Eastern Michigan University.

American Studies major Katie Muzzy and politics major Kevin Lacourse traveled to the tournament with their coach, David Trumble, and competed among more than 500 students from 85 colleges and universities.

Muzzy placed fourth in the country after surviving qualifying rounds and elimination rounds. In team competition, the pair of Saint Anselm students placed fifth in debate sweepstakes.

It was an excellent season for the college's debate team, says Trumble. "The whole team, Katie, Kevin, and sophomores Michaela Parker and Tyler Maffei, worked hard all year. The topic was announced last summer and they worked for 10 months, preparing ultimately for Nationals. They had countless practice debates, spent hundreds of hours researching and writing briefs, and attended nine tournaments this year."

The topic of the National Forensic Association (NFA) intercollegiate speech and debate competition this year is elementary and secondary education reform. Next year's topic is American space policy.