ACU debate team takes national honors

For immediate release
March 26, 1999

The Abilene Christian University debate team competed in the Cross Examination Debate Association's (CEDA) national tournament in Carbondale, Ill. March 18-22, garnering several top honors.

Kristina Campos, a senior from Dallas, was named to the All American Debate Team. This award is given to only 30 debaters across the United States. According to the CEDA constitution, "Recipients should demonstrate their competitive excellence, measured qualitatively or quantitatively; evidence

of their commitment to fair play in the activity; and evidence of their contribution to the success and well-being of their forensics program."

Virginia Milstead, a senior from Peoria, Ariz., was named to the Academic All American Debate Team. This is the second year in a row for Milstead to receive this honor. This award is given to only 30 debaters across the United States. According to the CEDA constitution, "Recipients should demonstrate personal qualities which show their understanding of the role of intercollegiate debate in a liberal education. They should show evidence of success . . . in debate; excellence in their classroom studies as evidenced not only by grade-point-average but by breadth and challenge of study; and show a commitment to the betterment of their community through outside activities."

The team was awarded second place in the South Central Regional Sweepstakes. The South Central Region consists of all the colleges and universities in Texas and Louisiana, regardless of size, who compete in CEDA sanctioned tournaments. Top honors in the South Central Region went to the University of Texas at Austin.

Along with Campos and Milstead, other members of the team include Joshua McDonald, a freshman from Garland; Alicia Phillips, a freshman from Amarillo; and Charles Walts, a senior from Abilene.

The team is coached by Dr. Jeffrey Hobbs, associate professor of communication and director of forensics; Clay Redding, a graduate student from Lone Grove, Okla.; and Norah Howe, a graduate student from Colt's Neck, N.J.

Redding was recognized as one of the top debate judges in the country by being selected to serve on the final round panel of nine judges at the CEDA National Tournament.


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