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Nov. 4, 2005
Contact: Scott Harris, debate coach, (785) 864-9878.

KU debate duo takes third place at Harvard tournament Oct. 29-31

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas varsity debate team of Matt Cormack, Lincoln, Neb., senior and Andrew Jennings, Silver Lake sophomore, captured third place in a national debate tournament hosted by Harvard University Oct. 29-31 in Cambridge, Mass. Cormack also was the sixth-place individual speaker at the tournament.

Overall, KU finished third behind the University of California at Berkeley and Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. Sixty-five two-person teams from top intercollegiate debate teams represented 33 schools participated in the tournament rounds.

Two other teams that represented KU at the Harvard debates each had four wins and four losses in preliminary rounds but did not advance to elimination rounds. They were the team of Nate Johnson, Manhattan sophomore, and Jon Wright, Topeka junior, and another pair, Lindsey Lathrop, Overland Park junior, and Brett Bricker, Wichita sophomore.

KU debaters at the Harvard tournament, their hometowns, level in school, major, parents and high school attended are listed below.

From Overland Park
Lindsey Lathrop, junior in political science, daughter of Robert and Kelly Lathrop; Blue Valley Northwest High School.

From Manhattan
Nate Johnson, sophomore in political science and pre-law, son of Ronald and Betty Johnson; Manhattan High School.

From Wichita
Brett Bricker, sophomore in mathematics, son of Gary and Norma Bricker; Wichita High School Southeast.

From Silver Lake
Andrew Jennings, sophomore in political science, son of Kathy Jennings; Silver Lake Junior-Senior High School.

From Topeka
Jon Wright, junior in journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis) and political science, son of Jeffrey and Sonya Wright; Washburn Rural High School.

From Lincoln
Matt Cormack, senior in economics and political science, son of Craig and Linda Cormack; Lincoln Southeast High School.


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