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Gonzaga Varsity Debate Ranked No. 7 in Nation

Posted on December 23, 2013 in: Academics, Events, Faculty & Staff, Feature Stories, Parents
Gonzaga's debate team 2013-2014

Top Row (from right): Geoff Lundeen (coach), James Elias, Joe Skoog, Ryan Hand, Dillon Johnson, Jordon Newton, Steve Pointer (coach). Middle (from right): Hailey Clawson, Alexis Kostun, Donovan DiDio, Kinsee Gaither, Matt Filpi, Mark Ornelas, Glen Frappier (coach). Bottom (from right): Paloma Cruz, Mitsu Gunsolus, Riley Meister, Paige Spraker, Jenna Bauer.

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University varsity debate program begins Christmas break ranked No. 7 in the nation in the National Debate Tournament Varsity Rankings. Coach Glen Frappier, director of forensics and senior lecturer in Gonzaga’s communication studies department, said he is pleased with the team’s success.

“This is especially impressive given our team is predominantly freshman. The future is bright,” Frappier said.

When spring semester begins in January, Gonzaga’s debaters will compete in tournaments at California State University, Fullerton, the U.S. Naval Academy, University of Texas and Weber State University. The Zags aim to qualify again for the National Debate Tournament as a Gonzaga team has for the past 17 consecutive years.

In 2012, Gonzaga’s top debate team of seniors Leah Moczulski and Paul Kanellopoulos advanced to the NDT Final Four before losing 3-2 to Northwestern University.

“We will kick it all off on January 3 when we host our high school tournament, the Conway Classic Speech and Debate Tournament,” Frappier said.

For more information, please contact Glen Frappier at (509) 313-6663 or via e-mail.


Top 10 NDT Rankings

1)    University of Oklahoma
 2)    University of Kansas
3)    University of Michigan
4)    Northwestern University
5)    Georgetown University
6)    Wake Forest University
 7)    Gonzaga University
 8)    Harvard University
 9)    University of Texas
10)   University of California

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