Loyola Debate Team qualifies for national tournament

Loyola debaters Joe Carroll and Phil Kraft.Photo by David Romanelli
Loyola debaters Joe Carroll and Phil Kraft.
Photo by David Romanelli

By David Romanelli

Loyola University Chicago’s debate team finished the regular season with its third consecutive first-round bid to the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence.

The National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence is debate’s equivalent to the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament.

The National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence will be held March 17-20 at the University of Nevada Reno.

The top 24 teams in the nation receive this honor. This year freshman Joe Carroll and junior Phil Kraft qualified for the event.

“This is what we were working for from day one,” Kraft said.

This is not the only honor the duo have received this year. Recently the pair was invited to participate in The Elysee Treaty Debates on April 13-14 in Washington, D.C.

The Embassy of France and The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, in partnership with American University and George Washington University, are sponsoring the event. All debaters advancing to the quarterfinals will win an all-expenses-paid study tour of Germany, France and Belgium organized by the Embassies of France and Germany.


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