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Team Selected for the 2016 Montgomery Cup Debate Tour

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 4, 2016) - Five University of Central Missouri students have been selected to travel to Ireland and Scotland on  the 2016 Montgomery Cup Exhibition Debate Tour.

UCM Montgomery Cup team 2016
UCM students and the coach joining the 2016 Montgomery Cup Exhibition Debate team are, front row, left to right, Tyler Slinkard, Sam Begley and Brent Mitchell; back row, left to right, Nikki Freeman, John Markley and Andy Weber.

Samantha Begley, a communications major; Tyler Slinkard, a political science major; and Brent Mitchell, a theatre major, are members of the Talking Mules Speech and Debate Team. Andrew Weber, a digital media major, will travel with them as a videographer to document the competition and to produce a short documentary as a senior project. John Markley, a graduate student in communication who serves as an assistant coach with the team, will be trained as an adjudicator.

The UCM group will be accompanied by tour organizer and U.S. coach, Jack Rogers, director of forensics, and Nikki Freeman, assistant director of forensics, will serve as the tour’s chief adjudicator. Three students and the Trey Gibson, head coach from Louisiana State University–Shreveport, will join the team before the depart.

The team will leave on the Feb. 28 and return on March 15. The team will visit and debate unions in Ireland at the University College–Dublin, the University College–Cork, Limerick University, and Queen’s College in Belfast, before travelling to Scotland to debate Glasgow University, St. Andrews, and Edinburgh University.

This is the 20th anniversary of the tour which, started in 1996. Over the years, the U.S. team has claimed the cup 13 times, the British 6.

“We are hopeful that we can bring the cup home to Central,” Rogers said, “but all of our students will be winners just for taking part in the experience.”

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