HAYS, KS -- Let the debates continue.
On Monday, Feb. 19, the Fort Hays State University Debate Team found out that its season of hard work and much success is far from over. The team received word that it has been given a first round invitation to the 2001 National Debate Tournament which will take place at Baylor University at Waco, TX, from March 29-April 1.
A total of 16 teams received a first round invitation to the tournament. The other 15 teams receiving invitations include the University of California at Berkeley, Dartmouth College, the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, North Texas University, the University of Southern California, Wake Forest University, the University of West Virginia and two teams each from Emory University, Northwestern University and the University of Texas.
Debate coach Dr. William Shanahan, assistant professor of communication, said the team as a whole is excited about the invitation.
"We are thrilled that the national debate community has responded in this way to our debating and to our season. We took a lot of argumentative risks over the year and are proud of the results."
The team will also compete at an end-of-the-year tournament, the Cross-Examination Debate Association Nationals, at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, TN from March 23-27.
FHSU debaters consist of three juniors. Team members Joe Ramsey, Sterling, and Jason Regnier, Salina, 1024 Gypsum Ave., primarily competed together but Brent Saindon, Wichita, 13214 Castlewood Road, attended three tournaments as well (two with Ramsey, one with Regnier).
The team accumulated an impressive resume of 10 top-ten performances out of 13 tournaments with seven of those being top-five finishes and three championships.
Shanahan said the three individuals have good team cohesion, primarily because they have grown together as debaters.
"This squad of juniors has been together since we all got here over two-and-a-half years ago. Their growth as debaters, intellects and as people has been enormous. They are admirable academic emissaries for FHSU and well deserve this honor bestowed upon them by the national debate community," said Shanahan.