SEU Debate Nears End of Another Strong Season

Now in its third season of competition, the Southeastern University debate team has competed in six tournaments this academic year, placing first in five and second in one, and earned invitations from both Harvard and Princeton.

“It’s an honor to be able to compete against Ivy Leagues at all; to receive an invitation from them is a rare honor that is heightened by the team’s potential as a serious contender against these renowned and historic teams,” said Christina Gard, the SEU Debate team professor advisor.

For the second year in a row, SEU Debate won a first-place trophy at the Southern Forensics Championship Tournament, a national open, at Louisiana State University.

In its first tournament of the season, SEU Debate took home 17 individual awards at the University of Southern Mississippi. SEU Debate also won first place at an invitational at Florida State University, a regional open at the University of Miami and the Star Invitational Tournament in Jacksonville.SEU Debate has earned five first-place finishes and one second-place finish this season as well as invitations to compete from both Harvard and Princeton.

“This is the strongest that SEU Debate has ever been. At our first weekend, every single one of our debaters advanced to elimination rounds, even our brand-new competitors. We’ve done very well competing against some of the largest state schools in the nation, and now we’re looking to take our debates up another level,” said Curran McQuade, team president of SEU Debate.

SEU Debate is part of the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association Conference and has competed in 19 tournaments since its inception. Including just eight members, the team is one of the smallest on the debate circuit.

“I’m looking forward to growing with my teammates. The bond that we have makes debate humorous and exciting. I can’t wait for all the tournaments that we have scheduled because competing against great schools like UF and UCF not only provides an intense challenge but affirms my aspiration to be a great communicator,” said Kendrik Richmond. This is Kendrick’s first year as a member of SEU Debate.

SEU Debate will complete its season at the end of this month as the team travels to UCF today for the 6th Knights’ Parli Joust and then competes for the annual Florida State Championship on February 27.