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Miami Debate takes second place at major Ohio tournament

Competing against regional rivals from New York, Virginia, Michigan and Ohio, Miami’s varsity debate team of Jon Hawkins and Lincoln Bisbee took second place at the John Carroll University debate tournament Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Hawkins and Bisbee completed a streak of eight consecutive wins without losing any ballots before losing to Wayne State University in the final round. The team argued that uranium mining should be substantially regulated on Native American lands to reduce water pollution problems there.

Bisbee, a sophomore, was selected as the top speaker at the tournament among more than 20 competing universities. Hawkins was the seventh speaker. The pair completed 16 hours of argumentation periods during the Friday through Sunday schedule.

Rookie debaters from Miami also competed successfully at the tournament. Danielle Sielatycki won sixth speaker in the rookie division. She was tied in her score with Holly Vanhorsten, but tiebreaking procedures dropped her to 11th speaker overall. The team of Vanhorsten and Corey Carter finished as the number eight team overall in the division. Miami’s rookie debaters compiled a successful 9-6 win/loss record against the top school in the division — John Carroll University. Rookie debaters also included Seth Cropenbaker, Kristolyn Curtis, and Laurelie Wallace.

Miami debaters are directed by Ben Voth (communication). Debate teams were coached by Voth and graduate coaches Katherine Lavelle and Chris Smith. Rookie teams also received coaching from Miami debaters Andrea Lemkuhl, James Cargo and Richard Tews.

Miami debate is a division of Miami Forensics, a co-curricular program of the communication department.

Date Published: 12/06/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 18

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