(April 22, 2013) – The UTSA debaters finished the season on a high note. Jordan Nerison and partner Michael Stroud competed among 166 other teams in the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship Tournament hosted by Idaho State University in Pocatello.
Nerison and Stroud won seven of eight of their preliminary rounds. They defeated Kansas State, Oklahoma University (the defending champions), Missouri State and Harvard, four of the top teams in the country. UTSA lost the eighth round to another Harvard team, falling short of a perfect record and a tournament top seed. After two more elimination rounds, Nerison and Stroud lost to the University of Kansas in the octafinal round, finishing fifth in the tournament.
UTSA also collected several individual honors at the CEDA tournament. Jordan Nerison was named to the Academic All American Debate Team and Michael Stroud was named to the All-American Competitive Team. Chris Crowe, one of UTSA's assistant coaches, was chosen as the CEDA South Central Critic of the Year, and he served on the CEDA Final Round judging panel.
Over the 2012-2013 season, several other UTSA debaters achieved high honors. The junior varsity team, Darius Rosebrough and Alexis Morales, won a tournament and advanced to numerous elimination brackets in both the junior varsity and open Championship divisions. Rosebrough scored well in individual speaker points, often finishing in the top 15 debaters. Brandon Daniels and Caleb Coggeshall, UTSA's novice-level debaters, won several tournaments and became the Mid-America Novice Champions. Daniels won the top speaker award in the MAC tournament, followed closely by partner Coggeshall in second place.
Nationally, UTSA finished the season in the top 30 programs (final rankings have not yet been released) and they are looking forward to a fresh, rebuilding start next season. Several new debaters have indicated UTSA as their top choices, and four current team members will be returning.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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