Lynn debate team triumphs at state championship
The Lynn University debate team claimed the top spot at the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association 2020 State Championship held on February 22. Team Captain Marisa McGrady, class of '21, and Brendan Donahue, class of '21, took the state title as the top performing British Parliamentary team.
British Parliamentary style consists of four teams of two students from different institutions. Each argues philosophical positions relevant to current political events, with limited preparation. In addition to the state title, the Lynn team claimed 15 individual and team medals, including three overall school performance trophies.
"I am overwhelmed with pride in the Lynn debate team," said McGrady. "Being part of a team that consistently strives to improve our craft allows me to not only excel in debate but also focus on how I can use these important skills post-graduation."
Prior to fall 2016, there was a debate presence at Lynn, but students were not competing outside of the campus. Under the leadership of Assistant Professor Eric Hamm星力注册送30元的捕鱼, the former debate club transitioned into a team.
Today, under the guidance of Eric Hamm and Assistant Professor Kathryn Hamm, the team competes in four tournaments per semester and hosts an on-campus tournament called the Gold Coast Swing. This schedule allows the team to travel nationally and internationally to debate against unlikely competition.
星力注册送30元的捕鱼"Most people don’t realize there are no conferences or divisions in debate. When we compete, we are faced with a variety of teams, both Ivy League and international," said Eric Hamm. "Having these opponents helps stretch our students' abilities."
Kathryn Hamm agreed, "The debate team exists as an outlet for students to construct, exercise and enjoy their logical-thinking skills and the energy to continue their learning outside of the formal college-course setting."
McGrady and Donahue, for example, did not have prior debate experience before attending Lynn. Their time with the team taught them about communication, organization and teamwork—skills that can set them up for success in many arenas for many years to come.