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UT Tyler Debaters Win National Tournament Championship 

TYLER (October 21, 2022) – The University of Texas at Tyler debate team placed first at the  2022 Steve Hunt Classic, outperforming collegiate teams from across the nation. 

Hunter Parrish and Josh Smith achieved a 4-1 record in preliminary rounds and won every  elimination round to secure the championship. Also, Angie Carroll and Harlin Dean placed first in the junior varsity division of the tournament, which was hosted by Lewis & Clark College in  Portland, Oregon. 

“The team is excited to have such a strong finish in a competition that included our elite rivals in  Texas and strong liberal arts institutions in several other states,’’ said Joseph Provencher, UT Tyler  director of forensics and head debate coach. “The future is bright for UT Tyler debate.’’ 

Parrish, a third-year debater, also was ranked the fifth overall speaker. Smith, a second-year  debater, ranked fourth overall. Dean was ranked the No. 1 overall junior varsity speaker. Dean and  Carroll are freshman debaters, and this was their first time to participate in a tournament.  

UT Tyler participates in National Parliamentary Debate Association and National Parliamentary  Tournament of Excellence events. Debaters compete in partnerships of two and accrue points  toward a national, season-long ranking. To learn more about UT Tyler’s award-winning debate  team, visit

With a mission to improve educational and healthcare outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT  Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler  recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT  Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and  UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education,  cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research  institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in  Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston. 


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