Sandra Maroska ’06 and William Cox ’06 spent part of their winter break in Dublin, Ireland, competing in the 26th World Universities Debating Championships. Along with Assistant Professor of Philosophy Eric Barnes, the HWS Debate Team representatives achieved significant accomplishments at the World’s tournament.
Just over a year old, the team had modest expectations going into the event, which included many graduate teams with seven or more years of college debate experience. In the end, the HWS Debate Team fared better than anyone could have expected, coming in 89th place out of 324 of the best teams from around the world. Maroska and Cox bested teams from Boston University, Princeton University, Duke University, Colgate University, and many other prestigious schools, ending up only 2 points shy of inclusion in the final rounds of debate.
Barnes qualified to adjudicate the final debate rounds, which is virtually unheard of for an adjudicator in his first year at the World’s. Selection is considered a great honor at the tournament and is based on evaluations submitted by fellow adjudicators.
Students from the University of Toronto ultimately took the top honors in the contest, and the HWS team is already preparing for next year’s competition in Vancouver, Canada, and is considering hosting a debate tournament here at HWS.
Maroska, the Hazel Nettle Hardy Scholarship recipient, is the co-President of the Colleges’ Make-A-Wish Chapter and has been a leader on campus as a TA, teaching colleague and pre-law mentor. Maroska is triple majoring in history, international relations and Spanish. The daughter of Jenny Mircevska, Maroska is from Evanston, Ill.
Cox, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cox from Mystic, Conn., is a political science major and has been a member of the sailing team. Cox has studied in Washington, D.C., as part of the Public Policy program and has interned with Rep. Jon Simmons, a Connecticut Republican.
The HWS Debate Team has had increasingly impressive showings since its reformation in fall 2004, including closing out several Ivies at a tournament at Mount Holyoke College. The team was also featured in Currents recently.
The World Universities Debating Championships were Dec. 27 through Jan. 4 at the Literary and Historical Society at University College Dublin and sponsored by Procter & Gamble.