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Grand Prix press rlease.pdf
2023 College LD Grand Prix Host.pdf
Grand Prix Tournament press release 2024 1.1.pdf

The Grand Prix in the Press

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Washburn University:

"This past weekend, March 25 and 26, the Washburn University debate team competed at the National Forensic Association Lincoln Douglas Grand Prix hosted by University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. The team was recognized as the runner-up in the Overall Squad Sweepstakes at the Grand Prix, being bested only by the team from Western Kentucky University. Washburn students Hunter Squires, sophomore, is the junior varsity national champion and Carlos Cedillo-Silva, senior, finished in the top six nationally in varsity competition.

After five preliminary rounds on Saturday, March 25, Washburn cleared seven of its nine competitors to double-elimination out-rounds. Teammates Dan Archer (junior) and Jacob Bailes (sophomore) narrowly missed the out-rounds, each losing their ‘break’ round in the last preliminary round in varsity competition. In open competition, Jenna Gorton (senior), Logan Michael (junior) and Cade Blenden (sophomore) all made it to elimination round three, while Andrew Rea (junior) made it to elimination round four. Also, in open competition, Cedillo-Silva made it to elimination round five, which meant he finished in the top six nationally in the open or varsity ranks. In junior varsity competition, Braxton Kindel (freshman) made it to elimination round four, while Squires made it to elimination round six which was the final round in the junior varsity division...

The Grand Prix is one of two national tournaments for collegiate Lincoln Douglas policy debate."

Western Kentucky University:  

"The WKU Forensics Team captured the sweepstakes championship at the 5th Annual NFA-LD Grand Prix hosted by the University of North Texas Debate Team in Denton, Texas, on March 25 and 26.

The tournament is the season’s most challenging as it features a unique double elimination structure that requires more debates than invitational tournaments to crown a winner. This year’s tournament held consecutive 12 rounds over 48 hours of competition, across three different divisions."

University of Nebraska - Lincoln:

"Last weekend, the Cornhusker Speech and Debate team competed in the fifth annual National Forensic Association Lincoln-Douglas (LD) Grand Prix in Denton, Texas. This event is the final regular season tournament of the year and frequently features the nation’s best and most competitive programs.  

This year, the tournament launched a College LD Coaches Association, a volunteer pool of active College LD coaches, as well as an All-American award and a Coach of the Year award. The group will annually recognize up to 10 students who competed throughout the regular season with the All-American award."