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Students qualify for National Debate Tournament

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Four Missouri State University forensics team members qualified to compete in the 67th annual National Debate Tournament (NDT) March 29-April 1 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Qualifying for the NDT occurs in three waves: first round at-large bids for the top 16 teams in the nation, placing well in one of the eight NDT District Qualifier Tournaments for the next 46 slots and then second round at-large bids.

Competing in teams of two, the MSU NDT qualifiers captured two of the 78 available slots in the tournament:

  • The team of Jeff Bess, a senior socio-political communication major, and Wes Rumbaugh, a senior political science major, rank in the top 25 and qualified for the tournament at the NDT District III Qualifier Tournament.
  • The team of James Gilmore, a senior political science major, and Samantha Nichols, a sophomore religious studies major, qualified by receiving a second round at-large bid.

Including the 2013 qualifiers, the Missouri State Spicer Debate Forum has qualified teams for the NDT 18 years in a row, with teams reaching the elimination rounds each of the past seven years.

For more information, contact Dr. Eric Morris at (417) 836-7636.


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