JACKSON, Tenn. – April 10, 2013– Union University senior Amanda Bennett won the International Public Debate Association Varsity National Championship at the IPDA national tournament March 21-24 at the University of Arkansas-Monticello.
In addition, Union freshman Christian Winter was the season-long champion in the “novice debate” category.
Web Drake, associate professor of communication arts and debate team coach, said his team had a “great year, overall,” highlighted by Bennett’s and Winter’s wins, as well as the team’s first-place finish in the season-long “novice sweepstakes” category for the fifth straight year.
Bennett’s win was the second-straight year for a Union debater to win the IPDA varsity national championship, as Abby Williams claimed the title last year.
Union’s team finished second at the IPDA nationals in the sweepstakes competition and in the scholastic sweepstakes competition, and Union sophomore Bryanna England finished second in the “novice debate speaker” category.
The IPDA national tournament included more than 200 competitors in three divisions. Students came from 22 schools in eight states. On the year, 85 schools participated in IPDA debate during at least one tournament.
For the entire season, Union’s team finished second in the “Founders Award,” “scholastic sweepstakes,” “varsity sweepstakes,” and “professional sweepstakes” categories.