Debate team wins accolades against top competition

Posted December 03, 2010

The ACU Speech and Debate Team once again defeated some of the nation’s top competitors recently at Bowling Green State University’s debate tournament, with two students taking first place in the tournament’s Open Division.

Jared Perkins and Jeff Craig"Our ACU Speech and Debate team regularly bests top teams in the country, and this tournament was no exception,” says Dena Counts, director of forensics. “I'm proud of our students for working so well together, to support each other and make each member succeed.”

ACU competed against the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University, Marquette University and The University of Cincinnati.

Jeff Craig, junior journalism major from Glenrose, Texas, and Jared Perkins, junior political science major from Peru, Ill., won first place at the tournament in the Open Division. This is the third tournament this semester that Craig and Perkins have won.

Matthew Ray, junior political science major from The Woodlands, and Sam Groom, freshman communication major from San Antonio, took second place in the Novice Division, and all other debaters from ACU finished as quarter finalists.

“We are looking forward to continuing our competition against the top schools in the nation in 2011," says Counts. 

The 12-member Speech and Debate Team travels across the country competing against some of the top schools in the nation. Members excel not only in debate but also in persuasive, informative and extemporaneous speaking categories, as well as in dramatic events.