Edmond, OK – (Feb 24, 2022) The University of Central Oklahoma Speech and Debate team hosted their annual Mid America Championship debate tournament on the weekend of February 18-20. The tournament provided an opportunity for twenty-three competitors from six states the opportunity to compete.
The tournament featured six preliminary rounds of competition, where students argued on both sides, on the topic “Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase prohibitions on anticompetitive business practices by the private sector by at least expanding the scope of its core antitrust laws”. Followed by a single elimination tournament where the top six teams advanced based on the results from the preliminary rounds.
Those six teams advanced to a partial quarterfinal round featuring teams from Columbia University, Emporia State University, Missouri State University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Minnesota. The Final Round saw second seeded Graham Revare & Ryan Snow from Kansas defeat top seed and maverick debater Amadea Datel from Columbia on a 3-0 decision. In addition to being crowned champion Graham Revare from Kansas was recognized as the Top Speaker of the tournament.
The tournament marked the seventh weekend of the Spring competitive season and provided over twenty-four hundred minutes of speaking time for undergraduate students. Students engaged in a minimum of three debates in favor of the resolution and three opposed, requiring them to test their hours of research and preparation on both sides of the topic. The format enables students to build skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Cross Examination Debate Association was founded in 1971. CEDA is currently responsible for formulating the annual intercollegiate policy debate topic used in tournament competition throughout the nation. Throughout the season, CEDA calculates National Sweepstakes Standings, the national and regional rankings of member institutions based on compiled tournament results.