The University of North Georgia (UNG) hosted the annual Chicken and Egg Debate Tournament Sept. 20 and 21 at the Gainesville Campus. With 117 entries from 13 institutions, the 2013 Chicken and Egg Debate marked the largest debate tournament UNG has hosted.
Morehouse College won first place in the Golden Steeple overall competition as well as the Oconee River Sweepstakes. Valdosta State University won first place in the Bell Tower Sweepstakes competition, and Walters State College of Morristown, Tenn., won the Anchor Sweepstakes Award for the top community college at the tournament.
The sweepstakes awards were named to commemorate the history of both North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College, while also celebrating UNG's future. The plaques given to winners were also the first in the history of debate in the U.S. to bear a "mintmark" which pays homage to Price Memorial Hall's historic significance as a gold mint between 1838 and 1861.
"This was an outstanding event that took a team effort," said Dr. Tom Preston, tournament director and advisor for the UNG Debate, Forensics and Interpretation Team. "Everyone involved went above and beyond the call of duty to make this event a success. Additionally, coaches from other teams offered rave reviews of the UNG student staff members who ran the tournament. The high quality of student leadership on the UNG Debate Team was integral to team members' excellent performance during competition as well as the success of the event."
As host, the UNG Debate, Forensics and Interpretation Team did not enter the sweepstakes competitions, but many students from both the Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses competed for individual honors and collected a total of 16 awards.