Carson grad to represent U.S. in debate

They called him “Mumbly Matt.” Now, the National Parliamentary Debate Association has chosen Carson High School graduate and University of Nevada, Reno senior Matt Hogan as one of three college students in the nation to represent the U.S. on March 19 in the annual “United States vs. Irish Debate.”

“They used to make fun of me because I was mumbly, quiet and shy,” Hogan said. “So, I took my first debate class as an elective in high school to prove to myself that I could communicate better. Now, people can't get me to shut up.”

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The U.S. debaters are always undergraduates, usually seniors, chosen by the NPDA based on three criteria: sportsmanship and diplomacy, forensic and academic achievement, and effectiveness in public debate.

The U.S.-Irish debate is held each year at the beginning of the NPDA's Championship Tournament, which is always held around St. Patrick's Day and is being hosted by Texas Tech in Lubbock this year.

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