The Lynn Debate Team recently won both first and second place in the novice finals as well as multiple speaker awards in the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) “Chicken and Egg” British Parliamentary debate tournament in Gainesville, Ga.
Lynn debater William Conway, senior, was part of the team to take home first place. Samo Nvota and Ja’dan Johnson, two Watson Institute freshmen, placed second in the novice finals.
“I’m really satisfied with the team’s performance,” said Conway, Lynn debate captain.
Speaker awards reflect the individual debater’s ability to deliver speeches. Novice awards are given to debaters in their first year of a specific league of debate, and overall awards are given to the highest scoring speakers in the tournament regardless of experience level.
Conway won second novice speaker, while Brooke Rader, senior, won fourth novice speaker.
“In only the team’s third year, Lynn Debate was impressively competitive at this tournament against big schools in the southeast U.S.,” said Kathryn Hamm, assistant director of forensics at Lynn. “We are excited to bring these wins home as we continue to expand our skills and range.”
UNG’s tournament featured schools including University of South Carolina, University of Mississippi, University of Miami and Mercer University. Despite bringing just four teams to represent Lynn, the debaters claimed top honors, in part due to the unwavering support of both faculty advisers, Kathryn and Eric Hamm.
The Hamms spent the past month providing constructive feedback, judging practice rounds and securing written resources for the debaters to prepare for the tournament.
“The debate team gets better all the time,” said Eric Hamm. “I couldn’t be more proud.”
The Lynn debate team is preparing to showcase its talents next at a tournament on Oct. 27. Moving forward, the debate team plans to attend several tournaments in November and December, in addition to hosting Florida’s National Parliamentary Debate Association state tournament in February.