National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence

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The National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence operates an invitation-only national championship tournament once per year for parliamentary debate (a.k.a. parli). NPTE attracts teams that compete in the parli debate format supported by the National Parliamentary Debate Association.

Teams qualify for the NPTE based on their season-long performances at various invitational tournaments around the United States. The ranking system awards points for both preliminary and elimination round performances. It used to weigh larger tournaments more heavily then small, local tournaments, but a recent rule change has made the two equal in points. [1] The top 64 teams in the nation are invited to attend the NPTE.

Recent Champions[edit]

Year Team School
2014 McKay Campbell & Emily Halter Lewis & Clark College
2013 Josh Rivera & Mike Selck Southern Illinois University
2012 Lauren Knoth & Josh Ramsey Washburn University
2011 Hank Fields & Matt Gander University of Oregon
2010 Than Hedman & William Van Treuren University of Colorado, Boulder
2009 Max Alderman & David Pena University of Nevada, Reno
2008 Kevin Calderwood & Kyle Dennis Southern Illinois University
2007 Kevin Garner & Luke Landry William Jewell College
2006 Josh Anderson & Rachel Safran University of Puget Sound
2005 Ian Samuel & Marie Tenny University of South Carolina
2004 Glenn Prince & J.D. Shipman University of South Carolina
2003 Michael Owens & Joshua Wilkerson University of Wyoming
2002 Kristine Clancy & Audrey Mink California State University, Long Beach
2001 Heidi Ford & Alan Tauber University of Oregon

Top Speakers[edit]

Year Speaker School
2014 Liz Fetherston University of Oregon
2013 Josh Rivera Southern Illinois University
2012 Lauren Knoth Washburn University
2011 Joe Allen Washburn University
2010 Adam Testerman Texas Tech University
2009 David Pena University of Nevada, Reno
2008 Jess Ryan University of Wyoming
2007 Kevin Garner William Jewell College
2006 Josh Anderson University of Puget Sound
2005 Lilia Toson William Jewell College
2004 Audrey Mink California State University, Long Beach
2003 Michael Owens University of Wyoming
2002 Michael Owens University of Wyoming
2001 Amanda Myers United States Air Force Academy

Those interested in learning more about the NPTE can visit the NPTE web page or can post questions on Net-Benefits.net - a parliamentary debate forum.

NPTE Board[edit]

Name School Affiliation Position
Joe Blasdel McKendree University President
Chuck Walts University of Texas at Tyler Vice President
Joe Gantt Lewis and Clark College Executive Secretary
Jim Hanson Whitman College Treasurer
Gina Lane William Jewell College At-Large
Derek Buescher University of Puget Sound At-Large
Konrad Hack Concordia University At-Large

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