Piedmont Debate History
Piedmont Debate has been in existence since 2003 and is under the leadership and advisement of Dr. Janice Moss. The team competed for the first time at a tournament held at Georgia State University on September 27, 2003. In its first year, Piedmont Debate won a number of rounds on the novice level and brought home three trophies from a debate at Appalachian State University. In 2005, the debate team took home first and third at a tournament held in Miami, Florida. The team has made a name for itself by winning or placing in national tournaments while competing against larger schools and universities.
In 2008, Dr. Moss began shifting the team to the Parliamentary debate format. Currently, the team is finding success in the Nationalal Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) and the Georgia Parliamentary Debate Association (GPDA). In 2009, Piedmont held a high school summer debate camp for local students, which was a major success. In a tournament held February 14, 2010, a team from Piedmont placed second against colleges such as Georgia State University, Emory University, Florida State University, Pace Colege, West Georgia and Wake Forest.
In 2011, a Piedmont debater won Top Speaker Award at the GPDA State Championship. Today, Piedmont Debate actively seeks out students who are interested in logic, rhetoric and critical thinking. It offers excellent experience and training in those skills.