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Cedarville Debate Team Finishes as National Champions

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by Public Relations Office

April 24, 2001

Cedarville, Ohio—The Cedarville University Debate Team wrapped up its 2000-01 debate season recently by earning the title of National Champion (in both novice and varsity divisions) at the intercollegiate National Education Debate Association (NEDA) National Tournament in Kankakee, Ill. Three of the four teams in NEDA’s semi-final round were from Cedarville. The teams of Amy Reno (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Matt Kessler (Pana, Ill.), Kristen Konzelman (Clarks Summit, Pa.) and Michael Coffey (Napa, Calif.), and Meg Jenista (Cedarville) and Rachel Williams (El Cajon, Calif.) took first, second, and third places, respectively. In the novice division, the team of John Bolinger (Jackson, Mich.) and Jennifer Case (Palmdale, Calif.) placed first in the national round and ended the year with a 30-7 record. In five of the seven season tournaments in which Cedarville competed, at least one of Cedarville’s two-person teams was in the final round. The first place speaker at four of the seven tournaments was Team Captain Amy Reno, a senior political science and public administration major. Reno was named an All-American at the NEDA National Tournament, recognizing her excellence in debate and her contribution to the debate activity as a whole. The team is coached by Deborah Haffey, associate professor of communication arts.