Nashvillians Win Great Debate at Gordon Memorial
NASHVILLE, TN — Winners of the Great Debate-Nashville last weekend at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church were the audience, students, sponsors and the community, according to organizers and participants.
That’s how the exhibition debates — no scoring to determine winners — were first described by coaches, organizers and associates who emphasized the larger goal of examining important issues related to identity movements and civil disobedience.
However, judges scored the debates.
Winning the first debate was Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School with a score of 35, or five more than the 30 points secured by McGavock High School students’ 30 points.
By a closer margin, Vanderbilt University won the college debate with 43.5 points, two points more than the 41.5-point score earned by Tennessee State University.