Douglas High School graduate Daniel Armbrust is a member of the University of Nevada, Reno, parliamentary debate team that returned home this week from the National Parliamentary Debate Association’s Championship Tournament and season sweepstakes with what team coach Phil Sharp called “one of the best overall performances for the University’s debate team.”
The tournament was held at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., March 22-25.
“The squad finished 10th overall at nationals out of 51 colleges and universities in attendance,” said Sharp, who is also the University’s forensics director in the College of Liberal Arts, “and ended the season ranked eighth.” The eighth place season ranking was out of 197 universities across the country.
Team member Mitchell Grover was recognized as one of five All-Americans, an award given to seniors with at least a 3.5 grade point average, debate success, community service and qualities that demonstrate team leadership. “It is a great honor,” Sharp said. “He is fully deserving.”
Taking six teams of two duos, a total of 12 team members, to the national tournament made this one of the largest University teams ever to attend. “With such a young team still growing in numbers and experience, we look forward to an even better performance next year,” Sharp said.
A Gardnerville resident, Armbrust is a 2012 graduate who debated and performed in the band at Douglas. He is in his first year at Nevada.