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Colorado College senior Kretz one of three top debaters nationwide to challenge Irish champs

Adam Kretz, a Colorado College senior from Widefield, Colo., is one of three top college debaters nationwide chosen to challenge the three champion debaters from Ireland. Kretz, Jess Ryan of the University of Wyoming, and Eric Atcheson of Lewis & Clark College will represent the National Parliamentary Debate Association in the annual Irish/U.S. Debate, held on Thursday, March 27 at the opening assembly of the NPDA Nationals at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The Americans will be opposed by Ireland's three best debaters, who were chosen at the Irish Times debate final in Galway on Feb. 29. Kretz and partner Julian Plaza, a Colorado College junior, were coached by CC alumnus Scott Weaver. They reached the finals of the Colorado College James "Al" Johnson Invitational and semifinals of the Point Loma Nazarene Sunset Cliffs Classic, two of the nation's oldest and most prestigious tournaments. Kretz has won numerous speaking awards this season, including top-three finishes at tournaments at Regis University, the University of California-Berkeley, and Lewis and Clark College. He reached the semifinals of the NPDA national tournament last year with partner Travis Whitsitt. Kretz is a senior political science major and religion minor.

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