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Northwestern debate team wins 2011 National Debate Tournament
|Northwestern is the “winningest” debate society in National Debate Tournament history with 14 titles.|
EVANSTON, Ill. — The Wildcats will get no argument about their status as the best debaters in the country. After vanquishing Emory University yesterday (March 28) at the University of Texas-Dallas, the Northwestern Debate Society became the 2011 National Debate Tournament champions.
Seniors Stephanie Spies and Matt Fisher nailed the NDT championship late last night. In doing so, the exhausted Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences duo made history as the first to win both the National Debate Tournament and the Tournament of Champions. Longtime friends, the two won the Tournament of Champions as debaters at Glenbrook North High School.
The Northwestern debate team remains the “winningest” debate society in NDT history, with an unprecedented 14 championships. It is the first NDT win for Dan Fitzmier since he was named Wildcat debate coach in 2009.
Spies also took home the top speaker prize at the 65th annual NDT. Junior Ryan Beiermeister and freshman Layne Kirshon advanced as second seed to the semifinals before losing to Emory. The two were 8-0 in preliminary debates.
“Northwestern is one of the few elite universities that maintains a strong connection between its intercollegiate debate program and its curriculum in studies of argumentation and public policy debate,” said School of Communication Dean Barbara O’Keefe. “Dan Fitzmier is a great teacher and mentor to our students.”
With a heritage going back to 1855, the Northwestern Debate Society is the oldest continuous debate program in the nation. It is funded and administered by the School of Communication.
Wendy Leopold is the education editor. Contact her at email@example.com
Front Row: Matthew Fisher, Stephanie Spies
Back Row: Mary Gregg, Peyton Lee, Layne Kirshon, Ryan Beiermeister
The Northwestern pair of Matthew Fisher (Sr) and Stephanie Spies (Sr) emerged undefeated from a weekend of competition at Harvard University. The pair were named the 2010 champions late Monday evening after a competitive final round against the University of Oklahoma. The round capped off an amazing weekend of debates for the pair who won 12 debates on their way to the championship. In addition, Matt was named the top speaker at the tournament, with Stephanie following close behind as the 3rd speaker.
The weekend marked one of the most successful outings for the Northwestern Debate Society in recent memory as three teams placed in the quarterfinals and two teams reaching the semifinal round. Three of the top eight teams at the tournament represented the Wildcats. Placing three teams in the late elimination rounds of a national major like Harvard is a rare feat and we are proud of all of our competitors. Ryan Beiermeister (Jr) and Layne Kirshon (Fr) made it to the semifinals of the tournament, losing only two debates over the competition. Mary Gregg (Sr) and Peyton Lee (So) reached the quarterfinals. A great weekend to be a Wildcat. Above photo of the debaters with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Trophy presented to the champion each year.