(left to right) Anthony McMullen, director of forensics, with UCA debaters Jacob Holland and Dalton Cook

UCA debaters Dalton Cook and Jacob Holland won first place at the James Madison Commemorative Debates held in April.

Cook and Holland were the top-ranked team after three preliminary rounds of competition. For finishing in first place, UCA was awarded the Madison Cup and a $5,000 donation from the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation. Cook and Holland will also receive $2,000 each.

The duo competed against 23 other teams from a variety of colleges and universities, ranging from community colleges to state flagships and Ivy League institutions. In the final round, they debated teams from Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, Louisiana; Lee College in Baytown, Texas; Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia; University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Teams debated the topic, “This House believes that the United States should provide universal healthcare and comprehensive coverage.”