This year, the national college policy debate community is debating the following topic:
"Resolved: The United States Federal Government should reduce its alliance commitments with Japan, the Republic of Korea, North Atlantic Treaty Organization member states, and/or the Republic of the Philippines, by at least substantially limiting the conditions under which its defense pact can be activated."
Founded in 1974, the Mason Debate Team has been a core program fulfilling the university's history of excellence within research and advocacy. We are consistently ranked in the top five programs in the country by the Cross Examination Debate Association, the American Debate Association, and the National Debate Tournament sweepstakes championships. Our team goal is to make debate accessible and possible for debaters of all skill levels, from novice to nationally competing varsity debaters.
The Mason Debate Team also hosts the largest middle school and high school debate camp in the state of Virginia.
We offer classes for 6th through 8th grade students in public forum debate style, and classes for 9th through 12th grade students in policy, public forum, and Lincoln-Douglas style debate.
Visit "Debate Camp" in our navigation bar for more information.
Lindsay Lowry and Ceili Peake continue their run of success with another championship title at the Fall Semester national championship hosted by the American Debate Association. They also earned individual speaker awards, Lindsay as Top Overall Speaker and Ceili as 3rd place speaker!
Great outing at the Gonzaga tournament for Mason Debate. Major congratulations are in order for the two Mason Debate pairings of Lindsay Lowry/Ceili Peake and Tiff Imbimbo/Adit Singh for ending their tournament as CO-CHAMPIONS! Not to be outdone, our novice team of Emily Portalatin and Pearl Matibe also won their division!
Aiden and Tim are back at it again with another finalist appearance at the University of Mary Washington debate tournament! They also received 1st and 2nd overall speaker at the tournament. Congratulations to these two freshman debaters, we anticipate even more success to come!
Mason Debate once again advanced all teams to elimination rounds! In Varsity, Nick Loew and Ian Morris advanced and debated Wake Forest in the double-octafinals, dropping on a tight 2-1 decision. In Junior Varsity, Tiff Imbimbo and Adit Singh ended their tournament as finalists! Ceili Peake and Lindsay Lowry also advanced in elimination rounds, concluding their race in semi-finals. Adit Singh also ended the tournament taking home Top Overall Speaker!
Congratulations to ALL mason teams for advancing to elimination rounds at the Binghamton University Debate Tournament! Six teams competed for Mason at Binghamton, and each reached elimination rounds. At their first college debate tournament, Aiden Breneman-Pennas and Timothy Phillips concluded as finalists! Aiden also received the Top overall speaker award. Congratulations also to the partnerships of Luke Palmieri/Shelby Ryder and Darshni Patel/Aansa Virk for ending their tournament as semi-finalists!
Mason Debate advanced two teams into the varsity elimination rounds at the Northwestern University Season Opener! Jack Daou and Ian Morris ended their tournament journey in their first elimination round on a close 2-1 decision against a tough team from Harvard. Ky Buckner and Noah Graham won their first elimination round on a conclusive 3-0 decision against Georgetown, and ended in their second elimination round on another close 2-1 decision against Wake Forest.