University of Portland Speech and Debate Union member Alex Parini (pictured), political science, was named as the 1st Place Speaker at the 2015 International Public Debate Association national tournament, held March 27-29 at Boise State University. Parini competed against 114 of the nation’s finest debaters to win this prestigious award. Out of 114 debaters, three UP Speech and Debate Union members (Patrick Johnson, education, Catherine Wilson, political science, and Arthur Hammer, business administration), ranked among the best 32 debaters in the nation based on their win-loss record. Parini advanced to the top 16 based on his win-loss record.
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