The University of Miami Debate Team won the championship at the Georgia Tech University debate tournament in Atlanta, this past weekend, Oct. 11-12. Leading the way for the ‘Canes, the varsity team of Ali Jessani, a sophomore majoring in Communication Studies and Political Science and senior Jeremy Tan, a Business major, finished the tournament with a preliminary record of four wins and one loss, before advancing into the quarterfinal round of competition.
Sponsored by the School of Communication, the UM Debate Team presented arguments on a range of topics, including foreign and domestic policy, the institution of marriage, and the limiting of political ads.
Once in elimination rounds, Jessani and Tan prevented a close-out by Morehouse College, and eliminated three of their teams before being declared the winners of the tournament.
Jessani and Tan were also recognized as the seventh- and sixth-placed top individual speakers of the tournament, respectively. In addition, the team of Hugo Medrano and Renee Reneau finished as the fourth place team in the novice division of the tournament. Giancarlo Atassi and Ishtpreet Singh also competed well in their second intercollegiate debate tournament. As a team, the squad was ranked second overall in the team sweepstakes awards division, competing with Morehouse College, Georgia Tech, the University of Tennessee, Gainesville State, and Clark Atlanta University.