On September 23-25 two of ASU’s Forensics Team debaters traveled to Idaho State University to compete against 19 other teams from 5 other colleges and universities from the Mountain States. This year's topic asks students to defend or negate the following resolution: That the United States Federal Government should substantially increase its democracy assistance to one or more of the following: Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.
Seniors Jeffrey Dunne and Jason Sanchez won 3 of their first 4 debates before finishing with a 3-3 record. The team of Michelle Vered (freshman) and Ryan Marcus (sophomore at U of A) compiled a 5-1 record in the preliminary rounds and won their Quarterfinal and Semifinal debates against teams from Eastern Washington University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, respectively. In the Finals they lost to Weber State University on a 2-1 decision, finishing 2nd at the tournament. Michelle was also named the 6th place speaker, while Ryan received the 2nd place speaker award.
The Hugh Downs School now has a lovely trophy shaped like the state of Idaho to grace the Forensic Team’s display cabinet of Staffer Hall. A great tournament for the Sun Devils!