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Kentucky Debate partnership earns automatic NDT bid, sets school record

University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate members David Griffith and Jordan Di have received one of the coveted 16 first-round bids to the 2024 National Debate Tournament hosted by Emory University in April.

UK Debate wins 2024 Hoosier Invitational Tournament

University of Kentucky Debate Team members Jared Adam and Lauren McBlain led the team to first place at the University of Indiana Hoosier Invitational. Over three days, the partnership won with a perfect score of 10-0 against 20 universities across 16 states

National debate champion to award-winning chef: Ouita Michel shares lifelong impact of UK Debate

It’s not very often that a nationally-decorated intercollegiate debate record translates to a career as an award-winning chef. However, Ouita Michel, a 1987 political science graduate, credits University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate for inspiring many of the decisions that led her to the culinary arts.

Kentucky Debate Team ranked for National Debate Tournament

For the eighth year in a row, the University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team is ranked in the top 16 nationally as they enter the National Debate Tournament. The partnership of David Griffith and Austin Kiihnl received a coveted first-round automatic bid to the National Debate Tournament. Kentucky has received a first-round bid each of the past eight years, which ties a UK record (1984-1991). This is UK’s 30th first round bid and marks 50 years of qualifying for the national tournament.

UK Debate Team sees success at Georgetown University Tournament

In early January, the University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team attended a tournament at Georgetown University, competing alongside nearly 200 students from more than 30 universities.

Murphy Named Head Coach of Kentucky Debate

Devane Murphy has been named the head intercollegiate debate coach for the University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team, housed in the UK College of Communication and Information.

Bluegrass Debate Coalition Hosts First In-Person Summer Camp

On Saturday, June 25, the Bluegrass Debate Coalition concluded the annual BDC Speech & Debate Summer Camp, hosted at the University of Kentucky. This was the camp’s second year running but its first in-person session.

BDC Hosts Summer Camp to Introduce Middle, High School Students to Debate

This summer, the University of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Debate Coalition (BDC) will host its annual summer camp. The BDC summer camp introduces middle and high school students in Kentucky to the fundamentals of competitive debate, public speaking and critical thinking.

UK Debate Team Finishes Season at National Debate Tournament

The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team, housed in the College of Communication and Information, concluded the 2022 debate season at the 76th National Debate Tournament. This year’s tournament featured 45 schools from 24 states and was the first in-person competition the team has competed in since March 2020.

Below is a collection of writing about the debate team at the University of Kentucky.

9/20/2019 - UK Debate Has Impressive Season Opener, Hopes to Continue Past Success - UKNow

4/25/2019 - April 25 Declared UK Debate Team Day - UKNow

3/29/2019 - UK Takes National Championship — in Debate - UKNow

3/27/2019 - UK team brings home this national championship 33 years after Chef Ouita won it - Lexington Herald-Leader

1/9/2019 - UK Debate Team: What it Takes to be No. 1 - UKNow

11/12/2018 - UK debate team takes on the nation in first place spot - KY Kernel

10/19/2018 - UK Debate Team Ranked Top in the Nation - UKNow

12/18/2017 - After Strong Semester UK Debate Team Members Ranked 3rd in the Nation - UKNow

9/7/2017 - UK Intercollegiate Debate Team Prepares for Strong Season - UKNow

2/15/2017 - Kentucky Debate’s Tournament of Champions Travels to China - UKNow

3/14/2016 - UK Debate Team Heads to National Finals With a Top 16 Ranking - UKNow

12/17/2015 - UK Debate Team Finishes Fall Semester Strong - UKNow

10/23/2015 - UK Debate Team off to a Strong Start after First Two Tournaments - UKNow

9/8/2015 - UK Debate Team Set to Begin Another Successful Season - UKNow

4/1/2013 - Debate Team Has Historic Spring Semester, Competes This Week at Nationals - UKNow

10/24/2012 - UK Debate Team Starts Season Off Strong - UKNow

2/7/2012 - UK Students Win Scholarships to Study at Cambridge, Oxford - UKNow

10/21/2011 - Debate Team Comes Home to CCIS, Honors Long Time Coach Patterson - UKNow

9/26/2011 - UK Debate Takes Novice Championship at Season Opener - UKNow

10/15/2010 - Debate Team Starts Off Strong - UKNow

1995 - Debaters Arguing for Top Spot - Kentucky Kernel

1994 - J.W. Patterson's Role in Success at UK is Matter of Little Debate - Lexington Herald-Leader

1994 - UK Debaters No. 1 - Lexington Herald-Leader

1993 - Debate Team Wins 'Run for the Roses' - Kentucky Kernel

1993 - Debaters Team Up Again for Tourney - Kentucky Kernel

1993 - Debate Team Wins at Baylor - Kentucky Kernel

1991 - UK Debater Earns Honor at National Tournament - Kentucky Kernel

1991 - Two-time Debate Champ Ready to Move on - Kentucky Kernel

1991 - UK's McKinney Top Debater in Dartmouth Tournament - Kentucky Kernel

1990 - Debate Team Falls Short of First Place at Tournament - Kentucky Kernel

1990 - No Arguing Against it: UK Debaters Among Elite - Kentucky Kernel

1990 - Debaters Win Tourney During Holiday Break - Kentucky Kernel

1990 - Arranged as an Avant-Garde - Kentucky Kernel

1989 - UK Debate Team Among Best in the Nation - Kentucky Kernel

1989 - UK Debate Team Makes Final Four in Nationals - Kentucky Kernel

1989 - Debaters Take Gold at Tourney - Kentucky Kernel

1989 - Mather Completes First Year - Kentucky Kernel

1989 - Debate Teams Shows the Academic Side of the University - Kentucky Kernel

1988 - Coaches Say Bentson Won Debate Between Candidates - Kentucky Kernel

1987 - University's Top Debate Team Victorious at North Carolina - Kentucky Kernel

1986 - College Students Gather for Debate Competition - Kentucky Kernel

1985 - Debate Duo Takes First in Tourney - Kentucky Kernel

1985 - UK Debate Team Wins Invitational Tournament - Kentucky Kernel

1985 - Debate Team Wins, Goes to Georgia - Kentucky Kernel

1984 - J.W. is a Friend to SGA, the Debate Team - Campus

1982 - Those Winning Wildcats - CommuniK

1981 - UK Jeff Jones Named Top Debater - Kentucky Kernel

1981 - Who Gets the Coverage? - Kentucky Kernel

1981 - Debate Director Awarded - CommuniK

1980 - It's Debatable - Kentucky Kernel

1980 - A Tough UK Debate Team (Cover) - CommuniK

1980 - A Tough UK Debate Team - CommuniK

1979 - Debate Team Nearing National Championship - Kentucky Kernel

1979 - Two UK Students Qualify for Debate - Kentucky Kernel

1977 - Debater Skillman Named Top National Performer - Kentucky Kernel

1977 - UK Debate Team Prepares for National Debate Tournament - Kentucky Kernel

1977 - Debaters Win Consistently - Kentucky Kernel

1976 - UK Can Brag on Debate Team - Lexington Herald

1976 - UK Debating Team's Success is Not Debatable - Lexington Herald

1976 - Super Team

1976 - Debaters Win Two Tourneys - Lexington Herald

1974 - Debating Champion

1974 - 'Boro Native Places in Debate

1974 - Debate Winners

1973 - Memorandum

1972 - UK Debaters Win Tourney - Lexington Herald

1972 - UK Debaters Qualify for National Meet - Lexington Herald

1972 - Two UK Debaters Qualify for Nationals - Courier-Journal

1971 - News Release - UK College of Arts and Sciences

1971 - UK Forensics Squad Takes Six Trophies - Lexington Leader

1971 - UK News

1971 - News Release - Student Forum

1971 - Debaters to Compete

1971 - UK News

1971 - UK Debate Team Conquers Coast - Kentucky Kernel

1953 - Little Nationals - Tulsa World

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