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Texas Tech Debaters Again Earn First-Round Spot at National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence

For the second consecutive year, Texas Tech University's debate team has earned a first-round bid to the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence.

Written by John Davis

For the second consecutive year, Texas Tech University’s debate team has earned a first-round bid to the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, held this March at the University of California, Berkeley. Though 64 teams will qualify for the tournament, a first-round bid is given out to the top 24 teams in the nation. Texas Tech’s team of junior Brian Horton of San Angelo and senior Mike Mitchell of Lamesa is ranked 11th in the nation, earning them an invitation to the prestigious tournament. “Brian and Mike are truly great examples of what we seek for the Texas Tech debate program,” said Joe Gantt, director of forensics. “They knew that after last year’s national championship, expectations would be high. They have met and exceeded those expectations at every step of the road. They are absolutely a contender to win yet another championship for Texas Tech at nationals in March.” Horton and Mitchell achieved this ranking through a series of top-20 finishes at tournaments, including a second place at the Colorado College tournament, third place at the University of Wyoming tournament, and fifth place at the University of the Pacific tournament. The pair, with the full Tech debate squad, will return to competition Feb. 6-8 at the Point Loma Sunset Cliffs Classic in San Diego. For more information on debate team rankings, visit npte.debateaddict.com. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Joseph J. Gantt, director of forensics, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-1328, joe.gantt@ttu.edu.
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