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Pace debate team wins state; coach honored
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March 18, 2014 05:24 PM | 1705 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / From left, Pace junior Clyde Shepherd, coach Shuntá Jordan and junior Tanner Lewis.
Special Photo / From left, Pace junior Clyde Shepherd, coach Shuntá Jordan and junior Tanner Lewis.
Pace Academy in Buckhead Tuesday announced two of its students, juniors Tanner Lewis and Clyde Shepherd, took home the championship title at the Georgia Forensic Coaches Association Varsity State Debate Tournament March 9 at Stratford Academy in Macon.

The association has been high school debate’s governing body since fall 2010 when the Georgia High School Association ended its sponsorship of the activity. The tournament is now an all-classification event, which means it awards overall titles rather than separate class designations.

The state title is the Knights' 35th in the Pace debate program's 42-year history.

Lewis and Shepherd defeated teams from Alpharetta High, Chattahoochee High, the Westminster Schools and Grady High in six preliminary rounds to emerge as the only undefeated team. The team then advanced to the elimination debates as the top seed, and again defeated Alpharetta, Chattahoochee and Westminster on its way to being crowned champion.

The association gives a School of Excellence Award to the school in each size classification that qualifies the most students for the state championships. Each award is named after an association Hall of Fame coach. Pace received the School of Excellence Award in the Helen McClellan Division (500 or fewer students) for the third consecutive season.

In addition, Pace debate coach Shuntá Jordan was named the 2014 Debate Coach of the Year.

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