UH Debate Team Competes in National Championships

U.S. Universities 2012, or “Nationals”, the largest debate tournament in the country which decides the National Champion, took place over the weekend at Willamette U. The tournament featured nearly 400 debaters and 150 judges/coaches from 80+ colleges. UH Manoa entered four teams, our largest team ever. Manoa finished with one team in the top 40 (Daniel Hugo and Eliot St. John) and three in the middle of the pack (Ryan Delaney and Keoni Davey, Samira Fatemi and Jon Cham, and JayMe Morita and Kyle Dahlin).

Manoa beat teams from schools such as UCLA, Stanford, Claremont and continue to improve. Hobart and William Smith College is the new National Champion with Yale and St. John’s placing as finalists (Harvard was the champion last year). In a competition among the judges (evaluated by competitors and other judges), UH Debate Director Dr. Robert Boller came in the top 24 (no rankings) and was selected to judge “out rounds” (akin to playoffs). It was an extremely positive experience for all. For more information on the UH Debate program, please email boller@hawaii.edu.

— Dr. Rob Boller