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UC’s Debate Team places high in state tournament

Williamsburg, Ky. – The University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Debate Team recently earned second and third place finishes at the Kentucky Forensic Association state competition at Gateway Community and Technical College in Florence, Ky. The team took second in debate and third in speech events for the small school division. Jay Bourne is the head of the Debate Team for UC.

A few individuals placed high in the competition. Robert Jones earned second in novice speaker and fourth overall. Jenette Mitchell took seventh in novice speaker and Caleb Stoffle took seventh in open speaker.

“It was a good experience,” Bourne said. “Our state has been really competitive this year, so it’s good to see how debate’s grown and I’m pleased to see how our team’s done.”

The Debate Team has wrapped up state tournaments and is in the process for preparing for their national tournaments. The team will travel to Riverside, Calif. for the Christian College Nationals Tournament and then to Murfreesboro, Tenn. for the International Public Debate Association’s (IPDA) Tournament. Qualifying members of the team will be traveling to these events.

“It’s a time to meet a lot of other competitors and to represent Kentucky,” Bourne said about the Christian College Nationals. “It’s a competition, but it’s one of the better tournaments we go to.”

The Debate Team is in the process of making final preparations to represent UC and the state of Kentucky well in their national tournaments.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit

Article provided by Amanda Kelly, UC Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant