Published: Sept. 23, 2016

MSU debate team finishes in top 16 at first tournament

By: Casey Harrigan MSU Debate cell: (706) 207-4753

The Michigan State University Debate Team recently kicked off its 2016-17 season, finishing in the top 16 out of 105 teams competing at the Georgia State National College Debate Tournament.

Honors College and economics student Connor Munsinger, and his teammate Luc Walkington, a social relations and public policy major, made it into the octafinals on Monday after defeating a team from Indiana University. The pair lost to a team from the University of California, Berkeley.

“Last year, Georgia State was Connor and Luc’s first college debate together and they made it to the elimination rounds,” said Will Repko, debate team head coach. “To then make it into the top 16 this year shows improvement on their part. I’m looking forward to what the rest of the season has in store.”

Overall, five MSU teams competed in the Georgia State tournament, including:

  • Professional writing junior Breana Brill and her teammate, James Madison freshman Lauren Pepper
  • James Madison freshman Lena Grossman and her teammate, Honors College physics sophomore Evan Runburg
  • Political science junior Wayne Campbell and his partner, James Madison freshman Andrew Impostato
  • James Madison freshman Alex Brown and his teammate, accounting sophomore Christian Rodriguez

The debate team is scheduled to compete in a tournament at the University of Kentucky next week. MSU is one of nine top teams in the country invited to the Kentucky Round Robin leading up to this tournament.

The MSU Debate Team is a part of the Honors College.