UNL speech and debate team wins second straight national title

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The UNL speech and debate team is back from its trip to Illinois for the National Forensic Association’s national speech and debate tournament.

For the second straight year, the Huskers’ debate team won it all.

This year was extra special because one of the members also one an individual championship.

Nick Wallenburg, a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, made it to the finals of other tournaments, but this one was special because it was on the national stage.

“It’s so gratifying,” he said. “There is no way to kind of explain what it’s like to feel all of your hard work pay off.”

He said without the help of his teammates researching different argument points while he was debating, he would have been hard-pressed to get the trophy.

“You know myself, Dr. (Justin) Kirk, everybody on the team are in here week after week just spending hours researching and looking for new arguments,” he said. “Being able to kind of finally bring home the gold in this one was just an amazing experience.”

He and one of his coaches believe the team is poised to make another run at the championship next year.

The university’s speech team placed ninth in the national competition.

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