Topeka Kansas University’s championship debate team met the new governor, Mark Parkinson, and received honors from the Kansas House and Senate on Tuesday.
The Legislature adopted resolutions congratulating Brett Bricker and Nate Johnson for defeating defending national champion Wake Forest to win the National Debate Tournament Championship.
From left are state Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence; Sarah Topp, assistant coach; Athena Murray, assistant coach; Bricker; Parkinson; Chris Stone, senior; Kelly Winfrey, assistant coach; Johnson; and coach Scott Harris.
Bricker, a math major, and Johnson, who is majoring in philosophy, political science and psychology, topped 78 teams in a tournament last month in Austin, Texas. It was KU’s fifth national debate title.
The resolutions congratulated all team members and Harris for “outstanding achievements this season.”