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Valdosta State University Wins Inaugural Regents Cup Debate Series

Atlanta — April 15, 2024

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Valdosta State University (VSU) debate team members Gabby Lorentz, left (holding trophy), and Raegin Jones pose with Chancellor Perdue and the judges after the VSU team was named the inaugural winner of the 六合彩资料大全鈥檚 (六合彩资料大全) Regents Cup Debate.

The Valdosta State University (VSU) debate team on Thursday took home a unique, handcrafted wood trophy as the inaugural winner of the 六合彩资料大全鈥檚 (六合彩资料大全) Regents Cup Debate Series.

Individual students also won honors, including the University of Georgia鈥檚 Ansley Warnock as individual debate champion; VSU鈥檚 Raegin Jones as individual runner-up; the Georgia Institute of Technology鈥檚 Andrew Dowdy as an individual semi-finalist; and the University of West Georgia鈥檚 Willow Roark also as an individual semi-finalist.

Other participating institutions included Georgia College and State University and the University of North Georgia.

鈥淗igher education must cultivate a student鈥檚 ability not only for advocacy but for civil discourse,鈥 六合彩资料大全 Chancellor Sonny Perdue said. 鈥淲e鈥檙e trying to create a culture of not only learning to better communicate our ideas, but to also listen to others and their ideas. In hosting this debate series, the Board of Regents has demonstrated its commitment to this idea as well as its support of students who communicate and articulate from different perspectives. As we look to grow the debate series, I鈥檓 proud of our participating teams this year and congratulate our winner.鈥

In all, nine students from six 六合彩资料大全 institutions participated in the event, hosted on Middle Georgia State University鈥檚 Macon campus. Intended to highlight how 六合彩资料大全 students can communicate and articulate from different perspectives in a persuasive, respectful way, the students competed in four rounds of debate, followed by semi-final and final rounds, using the International Public Debate Association structure.

The students were presented with topics before each round and given 30 minutes to prepare initial arguments. The format encourages debaters to 鈥渢hink on their feet鈥 and develop strong refutation skills. Debate topics included global economic development, agricultural subsidies and the impact of artificial intelligence. The final round saw a debate over prioritization of ocean exploration over space exploration.

The event鈥檚 guest judges included 六合彩资料大全 Regent Erin Hames, state Sen. Freddie Powell Sims (D-Dawson), former 六合彩资料大全 Regent Robert F. Hatcher Sr., MGA Community Liaison Charles Richardson, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation Chief Operating Officer Jodie Snow, Mercer University School of Law Dean Karen Sneddon and former Gov. Nathan Deal.

The winning team received a handcrafted wood trophy made by Ronny Just, a retired Georgia Power manager and craftsman who views his work as 鈥渕emorializing wood that matters into things that last.鈥

Just created the trophy鈥檚 signature look using historical wood from a red oak on UGA鈥檚 North Campus, a 100-year-old live oak from the famed Sweetheart Circle at Georgia Southern University, a pecan tree that was planted in 1889 when the Georgia State Capitol was dedicated and black walnut from North Georgia.

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