The FIU Debate Team made a great showing at the 2014 Audrey Cunningham Forensics 500 Speech and Debate Tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 20, 2014. Luis Toro was recognized as the 3rd speaker at the tournament. Andrew Dias and Luis Toro advanced into the quarterfinal round against the top seed, Berea College, and won on a 3-0 decision. In the semi-final round against Grove City College, they were awarded 3rd place (on a 2-1 decision). First-timers Alex Bornote and Rodrigo Quirch missed advancing into the quarterfinals by a single ballot. Juan Salamanca and Roman Viveros also competed on the FIU team for the first time.
With more than 15 schools competing at the “Indianapolis 500” of debate at the University of Indianapolis, FIU was 4th in overall sweepstakes. Congratulations to the team and new faculty coach, T.J. Lakin! The trophies are on display in the Communication Arts Department’s display case in VH 212. Come by and take a look!