RMC hosts champion debaters from Ireland on March 28

2014-03-21T12:54:00Z 2014-03-22T00:06:44Z RMC hosts champion debaters from Ireland on March 28Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette
March 21, 2014 12:54 pm  • 

The Irish National Champion debaters, winners of the annual Irish Times debate competition, will visit Rocky Mountain College for camaraderie and a competition on March 28.

RMC will provide refreshments at 5 p.m. before the debate in the Great Room of Prescott Hall at 6 p.m.

For 54 years, Irish undergraduate and graduate debaters have competed in the Irish Times National Debating Championship.

As their prize, the top team of two and top individual speaker visit the U.S. to work with parliamentary style debaters such as the RMC Debate Society.

Kieran O’Sullivan and Dearbhla O’Gorman of the Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin, comprise the Solicitors’ Apprentice Debating Society of Ireland team that won the Irish National Championship three weeks ago.

Individual winner William Courtney represents University College Dublin Medical Society debate.

Debaters for RMC are Toryn Rogers, senior philosophy and communication studies major; Trent Dugger, senior communication studies major; Holly Todd, junior business and communication studies major, and Daniel Parod, senior physics, math and history major.

The RMC Debate Society returned in February from international competition in Dublin.

Community engagement is a mission of the RMC Debate Society, which brings hundreds of high school students to campus each year for tournaments that help younger debaters develop their skills.

Each person on the RMC debate team also serves as a mentor and a trainer in RMC’s tribal college debate program, which in 2013-14 brings debate education to three tribal colleges in Montana.

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