The Mason Debate Team has kicked off the spring semester with a bang. From January 17-20, the full squad traveled to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. On varsity, David Michael Woodward and Isaac Brown advanced to the octo-final round; Kyle Lastovica and Young Kwon were in the final round. The varsity team also earned two speaker awards: Young was 5th speaker and Kyle was 2nd speaker. On JV, all 3 teams earned awards. JV speakers Erica Jalbuena and Manraj Nijjar were in the octo-final round; Paula Kostuik and Lizbett Mendozza were in the quarter-final round; Luke Melton and Michelle Thomas were in the semi-final round. The JV debaters also earned speaker awards: Paula was 7th speaker and Lizbett was 5th speaker. On novice, GMU also cleared all 3 teams into elimination rounds as well: Dillon Caldwell and Andre Massa were in the octo-final round; Rich Kaye and Austin Oliver were in the quarter-final round; Tyler Wiseman and Nouran Ghanem were in the final round. The novice debaters earned 3 speaker awards: Tyler was 9th speaker, Austin was 4th speaker and Rich was 2nd speaker. Overall, the GMU team had the best showing of any other university that attended the Navy tournament.
January 23, 2014