Texas Tech to host 2010 National Parliamentary Debate

Written by Sherrel Jones

Texas Tech University will host the 2010 National Parliamentary Debate Association Championship Tournament.

Texas Tech’s team of Brian Horton, a senior from San Angelo, and Adam Testerman, a junior from Springfield, Mo., will be in strong contention for the national championship. They are ranked second in the nation.

From across the nation, 220 debate teams from 75 schools are anticipated to attend the tournament and debate various topics, which include foreign policy, domestic politics and philosophical perspectives.

The NPDA Championship Tournament has been the largest intercollegiate debate tournament in the nation for the past 11 years. The students will debate in parliamentary style, a unique format where students are given a topic and have 20 to 30 minutes to prepare their arguments. The final round of the event will be at 6:30 p.m. on March 22 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

The Texas Tech team won the 2008 championship hosted at the United States Air Force Academy.

Other events to occur during the national tournament include an exhibition debate between top American debaters and Irish national debate champions at 4:45 p.m. on March 19 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Towers, and preliminary debates on March 20-21 at the Student Union Building.

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CONTACT: Joe Gantt, director of forensics, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-1328, or joe.gantt@ttu.edu.