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ASU seniors Peter Chotras and Rohit Rajat made it to the Sweet Sixteen in the Cross Examination Debate Association Nationals Tournament at Wichita State University on March 19-23. This is the first time any ASU student made it to the final 16 in over 15 years!
CEDA is the largest intercollegiate policy debate association in the United States, hosting more than 50 schools from around the country. The competition consisted of 116 two-person teams with only 43 advancing to the elimination rounds. Chotras and Rajat tied for 9th place in the finals, with Rohit earning the 18th place speaker award out of 232 competitors. Rajan and Chotras also each received the Summa Cum Laude National Debate Scholars Awards during the tournament's award ceremony for their 4.00 GPAs as debaters.
The seniors will also represent ASU at the National Debate Tournament, April 3-6, at the University of Iowa competing against 77 other teams from across the country. They placed first at their district-qualifying tournament by winning 7 out of 8 debates against other National Debate Tournament hopefuls from the Arizona/California/Nevada region.
“One thing that is so great working with Peter and Rohit is that they use every opportunity they can to get better,” said Dunn, assistant director of the ASU debate team. “From round one of the first debate of the year all the way to the last one, they are always using it to get better.”
“Peter and Rohit have debated for ASU for four years. They embody everything we try to instill in our students: hard work, perseverance, and leadership.” said Adam Symonds, ASU director of forensics (speech and debate).
ASU Forensics Alumni Honored by LA Drama Critics Circle Awards
Two Hugh Downs School of Human Communication alumni who also were members of ASU Forensics were given prestigious awards by the LA Drama Critics Circle on March 16th. Rebecca Gray ’89 (a national drama finalist at the American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events Tournament) was awarded best featured performance for her role in “Fireman” by the Echo Theatre. Later in the evening, six time national champion Heidi Sulzman ’98 received best performance in a leading role for “One in the Chamber” at the Lounge Theatre. These awards are the most recognized awards for live theatre in the Los Angeles area. As Gray commented, “it was a good night for the secret acting school that is ASU Forensics.” Our talented alumni continue to make us proud.