Big Debate. Little Argument.

After grueling preparation and months of competitions, the University of Nevada, Reno debate team was crowned in March 2014 with the National Parliamentary Debate Association’s Season Sweepstakes National Title. The top-three teams were separated by less than five points, with Cedarville University in Ohio coming in second place and Concordia University Irvine in California placing third.

Since 2010, the University has had at least one duo finish in the top-10 of one of the national tournaments. The season-long first ranking beat out 189 other teams and was earned throughout the course of the debate season which factored in all of the teams’ performances.

Team Captain Jonathan McGuire is a Reno High School graduate and recently named Fraternity Man of the Year by the University’s Greek Life for the newly charted Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He was recognized as the 14th speaker out of 302 competitors. Additionally, he was selected as an All-American, an award that only went to eight individuals who show both academic and competitive success. He is the fourth member of a University team to receive this distinction since 2009.

The debate team has a rich tradition in Reno and a strong national reputation with a long lineage of debaters who remain influential within Nevada and on a federal level. 

If you’re not impressed yet – watch them debate – they’ll convince you!

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