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ACU student wins national debate competition

For immediate release
March 27, 2003

ACU student Ben Stevens, junior theatre major from Colleyville, placed first in Lincoln Douglas debate in the 2003 National Christian College Forensics Invitational March 14-16.

Lincoln Douglas debate is a one-on-one policy debate that concerns a national topic which comes out yearly.  This year’s topic involves increasing assistance to people living below the line of poverty.

Twenty-six schools from around the nation were represented at the N.C.C.F.I., held at Point Loma Nazarene University.  Eight ACU students participated, and Leigh Ann Cannon placed fifth in persuasive speaking.

Stevens also placed in the top two in the fall state tournament.

The ACU students participating in this event have a mandatory practice once a week but also invest tremendous research time outside practice putting their cases together and collecting evidence.

Sally Gary, instructor of communication and director of forensics, said, "Ben is not only knowledgeable about topic and argumentation, but is extremely personable.  He never gets rattled or becomes abrasive in a round.  Ben is downright funny, and uses humor greatly to his advantage."

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