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UW Debater Starts Semester on Top

January 16, 2008 — A member of the University of Wyoming debate team was honored as the top overall speaker among 180 competitors during recent back-to-back tournaments in Denver.

Jess Ryan, a senior communication major from Lander, received the recognition this January at Denver University.

Ryan, and his partner, Sheridan senior and squad president Tony Roberts, out-spoke debaters from throughout the United States, and received three consecutive perfect scores.

It marked the second consecutive year that Ryan was cited as the top overall speaker at the Denver tournaments.

The award is the latest in Ryan's speaking career. He was also named top speaker at the University of Puget Sound round robin and open tournaments, top speaker at Claremont College, and second speaker at UW's tournament.

Joining Ryan and Roberts with winning records, and elimination round advancement at the tournaments, were the two-person teams of Lindsey DeVries (Glenrock) and Jeffrey Fife (Riverton); Kathryn Starkey (Jackson) and Nick Larmer (Gillette); and Jeremiah Etcheverry (Rock Springs) and Andrea Garfinkel (Fort Collins, Colo.).

UW placed third overall at the competition in a debate-fest that included 22 individual debates among 32 colleges and universities.

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