Success

As debate has evolved over the years, debate at Emory has become increasingly successful. By any measure, the Barkley Forum is one of the finest debate teams in the nation.

Participation. Over 100 Emory students participate in various Forum outreach and intercollegiate debate activities. Out of 40 tournament debaters, more than twenty-five participated in at least one varsity elimination round.

Academic Success. Boasting some of the finest academic records at Emory, debaters are regularly admitted into the finest graduate and professional schools in the nation.

Competitive Success. More than twenty different members of the Barkley Forum have won more than ten national championships since 1995.

Community Service. The Barkley Forum for High Schools, the Emory National Debate Institute, the Atlanta Urban Debate League, coaching internships, public performance, and political debate commentary are all elements of a multi-faceted forensic and academic service organization.

Emory won its first national championship in 1967 when Susan Cahoon, Mark Frankel, Joe Longino, and Bill McDaniel combined to win the Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha (DSR-TKA) national tournament. Since then, 40 Emory students have won over twenty national team championships or individual champion speaker awards:

  • Five Novice Nationals titles,
  • Five American Debate Association titles,
  • Five Cross Examination Debate Association titles,
  • Three National Debate Tournament titles, and
  • Six top speaker awards at these tournaments.
Year Championship Debaters
2017 American Debate Association Kristen Lowe and Viveth Karthikeyan
2011 Rex Copeland Award Stephen Weil and Ovais Inamullah
2011 Freshman Sophomore Nationals Megan Cambre and Matthew Pesce
2010 Rex Copeland Award Stephen Weil and Ovais Inamullah
2010 National Debate Tournament Stephen Weil (First Individual Speaker)
2008 American Debate Association Nick Miller and Chipp Schwab
2007 National Debate Tournament Aimi Hamraie and Julie Hoehn
2004 Cross Examination Debate Association Michael Beckley and Henry Liu
2004 American Debate Association Mike Greenstein and Vicki Palomo
2002 American Debate Association Rania Nasreddine and Scott Phillips
2002 Cross Examination Debate Association John Rains (First Individual Speaker)
2001 Novice Nationals Michael Beckley and Henry Liu
2000 National Debate Tournament Mike Horowitz and Jon Paul Lupo
1999 Cross Examination Debate Association George Kouros (First Individual Speaker)
1999 Novice Nationals John Rains and Kurt Kastorf
1998 Rex Copeland Award George Kouros and Anjan Sahni
1998 Cross Examination Debate Association Dan Fitzmeier, Stephen Heidt, Vic Tabak and Anne Marie Todd (closed out final round)
1998 Novice Nationals Stephen Bailey, Kamal Ghali, David Harkin and Joey Tavery
1998 American Debate Association Kenya Hansford and Anjan Sahni
1997 Novice Nationals Larry Heftman and Jeff McNabb
1996 National Debate Tournament David Heidt and Kate Shuster
1995 Novice Nationals Dan Fitzmeier and Anjan Sahni
1993 Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha Chris Kellner and Micah Kessler
1993 Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha Mark Kelsey (First Individual Speaker)  
1990 Cross Examination Debate Association Jeff Smith (First Individual Speaker)
1986 Novice Nationals Frank Lowrey and Bryant McFall
1982 Novice Nationals Scott Segal and Mike Weiss
1980 Novice Nationals Bill Brewster and Reggie Smith
1967 Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha Susan Cahoon, Mark Frankel, Joe Longino and Bill McDaniel

The National Debate Tournament

The United States Military Academy hosted the first National Debate Tournament (NDT) immediately after World War II ended. The first tournament featured 29 teams invited at the suggestion of various debate coaches contacted by the cadets at West Point. Now the tournament has over 70 teams who qualify through an elaborate procedure so that only the most skilled debaters even compete at the National Debate Tournament. Rich in tradition, every round at the NDT is still judged by three-judge panels, the preliminary rounds are still announced orally by the tournament director, and it remains among the most prestigious tournament events of the debate season.

Emory University has fared well at the NDT, the name appearing in numerous parts of the record book. Since 1996, ten different debaters have represented Emory in the final round of the tournament, capturing the title three times. While Emory is famous for having lost more octafinal rounds than anyone in the history of the tournament (26), students have also reached the quarterfinals nine times, the semifinals four times, and the finals six times. The appearance of so many teams in the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament is a demonstration of the highest effort and intellectual achievement of Emory students.

Year Place Debaters
2011 Finalists Stephen Weil and Ovais Inamullah
2010 Quarterfinalists Stephen Weil and Ovais Inamullah
2008 Quarterfinalists Julie Hoehn and Stephen Weil
2007 Champions Aimi Hamraie and Julie Hoehn
2006 Semifinalists Cyrus Ghavi and Scott Phillips
2003 Quarterfinalists Josh Lynn and Scott Phillips
2001 Finalists Stephen Bailey and Kamal Ghali
2000 Champions Michael Horowtiz and Jon Paul Lupo
  Semifinalists Stephen Bailey and Kamal Ghali
1999 Finalists Stephen Bailey and Kamal Ghali
1998 Finalists George Kouros and Anjan Sahni
1997 Quarterfinalists Dan Fitzmeier and Stephen Heidt
  Quarterfinalists Ronna Landy and Anjan Sahni
1996 Champions David Heidt and Kate Schuster
1991 Quarterfinalists Jeffrey Richardson and Darren Summerville
1989 Semifinalists Frank Lowrey and Gus Puryear
1984 Quarterfinalists Bill Brewster and Rich Robins
1967 Quarterfinalists Susan Cahoon and Joe Longino
1966 Quarterfinalists Susan Cahoon and Joe Longino

Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship

The Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) was formed in 1973. The organization did not sponsor a national championship tournament until 1985. This tournament, unlike the NDT, is an open national championship. The Barkley Forum has attended CEDA Nationals every year since the tournament began and has reached the semifinals three times and won the tournament twice. In the twenty-five year history of the tournament, more than sixty different Emory teams have competed in the elimination rounds. Ten Emory teams have made it to the quarterfinals or better since 1993.

Year Place Debaters
2007 Quarterfinalists Aimi Hamraie and Julie Hoehn
2005 Quarterfinalists Michael Greenstein and Vicki Palomo
2004 Champions Michael Beckley and Henry Liu
2002 First speaker John Rains
2001 Finalists John Rains and Kacey Wolmer
1999 First speaker George Kouros
  Quarterfinalists Russ Falconer and George Kouros
1998 Co-Champions Dan Fitzmeier, Stephen Heidt, Vic Tabak and Anne Marie Todd
Quarterfinalists Michael Horowitz and Jon Paul Lupo
1997 Semifinalists Dan Fitzmeier and Nessa Horewitch
  Quarterfinalists Stephen Heidt and Shanara Reid
1993 Quarterfinalists Chris Kellner and Michah Kessler
1990 First speaker Jeff Smith

Emory holds a unique record for qualifying teams for the NDT. Each year the top sixteen teams are selected by a panel of national coaches for at-large bids. No more than two teams per school can receive such bids. From 1996 through 2009, for fourteen straight years, Emory received two first round at-large bids for a national debate record. During that time, 31 Emory debaters received this honor. The second longest streak is a five-year streak from one school, two other schools have four-year streaks, and no other college or university has ever received two first-round bids more than two years in a row.

Year Debaters Rank NDT Finish
1976-77 David Klimchak and Joe Tankersley 9 Octafinals
1981-82 Bill Brewster and Mike Hancock 12 4-4
1982-83 Bill Brewster and Mike Hancock 12 Octafinals
Rich Robins and Lee Gregory 14 Octafinals
1983-84 Bill Brewster and Rich Robins 3 Quarterfinals
1984-85 Scott Segal and Doug Arney 7 Octafinals
1985-86 Scott Segal and Mike Weiss 5 Octafinals
1987-88 Frank Lowrey and Gus Puryear 11 4-4
1988-89 Frank Lowrey and Gus Puryear 6 Semifinals
1989-90 Jim Archibald and D. Summerville 13 Octafinals
Jason Bergman and Jeff Richardson 12 4-4
1990-91 D. Summerville and J. Richardson 15 Quarterfinals
1993-94 Charlie Henn and Jon Sharp 3 Octafinals
1994-95 Charlie Henn and Jamie McKown 6 Doubles
1995-96 David Heidt and Kate Shuster 8 Winner
Ronna Landy and Anjan Sahni 15 Doubles
1996-97 Dan Fitzmeier and Stephen Heidt 13 Quarterfinals
Ronna Landy and Anjan Sahni 12 Quarterfinals
1997-98 Dan Fitzmeier and Stephen Heidt 9 Octafinals
George Kouros and Anjan Sahni 1 Finals
1998-99 Stephen Bailey and Kamal Ghali 2 Finals
Mike Horowitz and Jon Paul Lupo 4 (Tie) Doubles
Larry Heftman and Jeff McNabb 4 (Tie) Semifinals
1999-00 Stephen Bailey and Kamal Ghali 2 Semifinals
Mike Horowitz and Jon Paul Lupo 4 Winner
Larry Heftman and Jeff McNabb 3 Octafinals
2000-01 Stephen Bailey and Kamal Ghali 5 Finals
Josh Lynn and John Rains 12 Doubles
2001-02 Adam Goldstein and Josh Lynn 15 Doubles
John Rains and Kacey Wolmer 8 Octafinals
2002-03 Mike Beckley and Henry Liu 15 Octafinals
Josh Lynn and Scott Phillips 2 Quarterfinals
Nermin Ghali and Kacey Wolmer 16 Did not attend
2003-04 Mike Beckley and Henry Liu 7 Doubles
Scott Phillips and Kacey Wolmer 3 Octafinals
Bob Allen and Mike Greenstein 12 Octafinals
2004-05 Stephen Chaudoin and Cyrus Ghavi 10 Doubles
Mike Greenstein and Vicki Palomo 11 Octafinals
2005-06 Stephen Chaudoin and Roy Levkovitz 8 Doubles
Scott Phillips and Cyrus Ghavi 6 Semifinals
2006-07 Julie Hoehn and Aimi Hamraie 6 Winner
Nick Miller and Pradeep Pramanick 16 Doubles
2007-08 Julie Hoehn and Stephen Weil 2 Quarterfinals
Nick Miller and Chipp Schwab 10 Doubles
2008-09 Nick Miller and Chipp Schwab 5 Doubles
Stephen Weil and Matt Senghas 6 Octafinals
2009-10 Stephen Weil and Ovais Inamullah 1 Quarterfinals
2010-11 Stephen Weil and Ovais Inamullah 1 Finals
2012-13 Matthew Pesce and Jason Sigalos 10 Octafinals
2014-15 Viveth Karthikeyan and Jason Sigalos 5 Octafinals