Top 20-ranked students invited to national parliamentary debate tournament

Posted February 16, 2011

Parliamentary debaters are a notoriously picky bunch. The top tournament invites only the best 60 teams in the nation to compete. ACU students Jeff Craig and Jared Perkins form one of those teams.

Juniors Jeff Craig and Jared Perkins are currently ranked 20th nationwide out of more than 800 teams based on their season-long performances at parliamentary debate tournaments around the country. They were among the top 24 teams to receive first round invites to the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence.

"It's an honor to be ranked among the best debate teams in the U.S.," says Craig. "It's a testament to the quality of the Department of Communication at ACU and the superb coaching we receive."

As Craig and Perkins look ahead to the tournament at Regis University in Denver, Colo., coming up March 11-14, they’re preparing themselves to take on the best of the best. There are no easy rounds at NPTE, Craig says.

"Jeff and Jared's goal this year had been to receive an invitation to this prestigious tournament. As they've researched, practiced and learned to work as a team, their eye has always been on this prize," says Dena Counts, director of forensics at ACU. "We are so pleased that their ranking places them in the top tier of national debaters along with their peers from Berkeley, USC, Texas Tech, University of Wyoming, University of Oregon and other great teams."