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UNI debate duo qualifies for National Debate Tournament, March 28-31

March 26, 2003

Leah White, director of forensics, (319) 273-7200
Cate Palczewski, UNI director of debate, (319) 273-2714
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Debating partners Mark Langgin, a junior from Ottumwa, and Melanie Johnson, a freshman from LeMars, have qualified to compete in the National Debate Tournament (NDT), being held March 28-31, in Atlanta.

Langgin and Johnson qualified for the national tournament during the 2003 District IV American Forensic Association Debate Tournament earlier this month, where they placed second out of eight. The top three teams advanced to nationals. Teams represented Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

This is the first time since 1999 that a UNI team will attend the NDT.

For more information, contact Leah White, UNI director of forensics, at (319) 273-7200.