Members of UAM’s national champion debate team are (from left, first row) Nathan Bailey of Monticello, Gabrielle Swain of Monticello, Cody Bijou of Crosby, Tex., Reagan Dobbs of Dayton, Tex., Emily Mendiola of Hamburg, (second row, from left) Jacob Chisom of Monticello, Luke Beatty of Dermott, Kyle Hargis of Warren, Gauge Adkins of Vilonia, (back row, from left) Ben Graves of Hot Springs, Keith Milstead, assistant debate coach, Jim Evans, head debate coach, and Blake Adkins of Vilonia.
The debate team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello has earned the right to be called national champions.
UAM debaters swept the Scholastic, Founders and Overall Sweepstakes Awards at the 2015-16 International Public Debate Association (IPDA) National Tournament hosted March 31 through April 3 by Lee College of Baytown, Tex. The event drew more than 450 competitors from some of the top college and university debate programs in the nation, including Southern Methodist University, the University of Tennessee, Louisiana State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, Boise State University, the U.S. Military Academy, Colorado Christian University, Seattle Pacific University, Florida International University and Oregon State University. (more…)