The ACU debate team is looking forward to future opportunities after successfully hosting their first forensics invitational tournament in over 50 years.
The first annual Joseph J. Cardot Forensics Invitational took place earlier this month. Students involved in the International Public Debate Association, or IPDA, traveled from all over to compete here on ACU’s campus over the course of three days.
“Most of the schools had to drive eight hours or more to get here,” Sheila Ritchie, director of forensics and debate, said. “They had to choose to come here, so they saw some value in what we were bringing.”
With Abilene being so far west, it is unusual to see a tournament take place around here. “It says something about the support that we have,” Ritchie said, talking about this milestone.
Hosting a tournament on ACU’s campus was a first step towards the IPDA’s goal to move these tournaments toward the west.
The IPDA is an organization that helps debate students work on their ability to research, persuade and cooperate with those around them. ACU has been a part of this association since fall 2018.
Mark Shi, sophomore accounting and finance major from Frisco and ACU debater, said competing in these tournaments helps him improve his public speaking and critical thinking skills.
When asked what these debate events entail, Shi summed it up by saying, “there are two sides to a debate and both must prepare cases to defend their side.”
If interested in getting involved with ACU’s debate team, contact Sheila Ritchie at firstname.lastname@example.org.