USA Policy Debate "Best of Decade"

Best of the Decade 2000-2009

In the past 3 decades, Bill Southworth has conducted a survey of coaches and judges active throughout the decade. Here are the results of his poll for the past decade. Complete explanations for the voting procedures and who voted is available in The History of the NDT: 1947-2009, by Bill Southworth. Outstanding Debater
1. Michael Klinger, Harvard 216/8 Firsts
2. Tristan Morales, Northwestern 205/5 Firsts
3. Ryan Sparacino, Northwestern 162/3 Firsts
4. Josh Branson, Northwestern 158/4 Firsts
5. Dan Shalmon, Berkeley 140/7 Firsts
6. Andrew Ryan, Iowa 140/1 First
7. Calum Matheson, Michigan State 110/1 First
8. Alex Berger, Dartmouth 88/2 Firsts
9. Tejinder Singh, Berkeley 80/1 First
10. Kamal Ghali, Emory 70/0 First
(Others receiving first place votes were Greta Stahl and Naveen Ramachandrappa)

Outstanding Team
1. Kamal Ghali & Stephen Bailey, Emory 242/11 Firsts
2. Josh Branson & Tristan Morales, Northwestern 230/7 Firsts
3. Greta Stahl & David Strauss, Michigan State 221/5 Firsts
4. Tristan Morales & Geoff Garen, Northwestern 183/2 Firsts
5. Dan Shalmon & Tejinder Singh, Berkeley 155/1 First
6. Seth Gannon & Alex Lamballe, Wake Forest 134/3 Firsts
7. Randy Luskey & Dan Shalmon, Berkeley 95/1 First
8. Alex Berger & Ben Thorpe, Dartmouth 68/1 First
9. Michael Klinger & Elliott Tarloff, Harvard 58/0 First
10. Andrew Peterson & Andrew Ryan, Iowa 49/1 First
(Others receiving first place votes were Jacob Foster & Jonathan Paul of Northwestern, Ryan Burke & Casey Harrigan of Michigan State)

Outstanding Coaches
1. Scott Deatherage, Northwestern 306/20 Firsts
2. Dave Arnett, Berkeley 202/4 Firsts
3. Ross Smith, Wake Forest 195/2 Firsts
4. Will Repko, Michigan State 182/6 Firsts
5. Ken Strange, Dartmouth 127/1 First
6. Scott Harris, Kansas 125
7. David Heidt, Emory 65/1 First

Outstanding Judges
1. David Heidt, Emory 165/8 Firsts
2. Ken Strange, Dartmouth 145/6 Firsts
3. Ryan Galloway, Samford 131/5 Firsts
4. Will Repko, Michigan State 108/3 Firsts
5. Calum Matheson, North Texas 76/2 Firsts
6. Sarah Holbrook, West Georgia 66/1 First
7. Ross Smith, Wake Forest 65
8. Ed Lee, Emory 53/1 First

Best Topics
1. 2000 Sanctions 66 points
2. 2003 Test Ban Treaty 92 points
3. 2005 Energy 125 points
4. 2008 Middle-East 160 points
5. 2006 China 182 points
6. 2001 Africa 200 points
7. 2004 Europe 204 points
8. 2007 Court Overrule 223 points
9. 2009 Ag Subsidies 224 points
10. 2002 Native Americans 273 points

Best NDT Hosts
1. 2007 Dallas Westin Hotel 98 points
2. 2006 Northwestern 123 points
3. 2005 Gonzaga 126 points
4. 2009 U. Texas @ Austin 161 points
5. 2000 U. Missouri @ KC 176 points
6. 2008 Cal State @ Fullerton 180 points
7. 2002 S. Missouri State U. 208 points
8. 2004 Catholic 216 points
9. 2003 Emory 217 points
10. 2001 Baylor 220 points

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