Universities select 2024 Regents‚Äô Cup teams for tri-university speech and debate competition
The ◊Ó–¬¬ť∂Ļ√‚∑—Ņī announces the 43 students selected to compete in the fifth annual Regents‚Äô Cup, a tri-university speech and debate competition celebrating free speech.
The Regents‚Äô Cup honors participants for articulating different points of view in an environment where competitors remain civil and respectful. This year‚Äôs students represent a wide range of college majors ‚Äď from political science and economics to philosophy and biology, and they share a unified commitment to practicing free speech and civil discourse. Find the 2024 Regents‚Äô Cup student participants here.
‚ÄúCongratulations to all of the students selected to participate in our fifth annual Regents‚Äô Cup,‚ÄĚ said Regent Larry E. Penley, who serves as regent advisor for the event along with Regent Doug Goodyear. ‚ÄúThis unique competition showcases students, celebrates the free speech protections our Constitution provides, and honors civil discourse and the respectful exchange of ideas ‚Äď traits that are at times lacking among our society today.‚ÄĚ
This year‚Äôs competition ‚Äď centered around the theme of ‚ÄúDemocracy, Justice and the Rule of Law‚ÄĚ ‚Äď is on March 23, 2024, at the Sandra Day O‚ÄôConnor College of Law at ◊Ó–¬¬ť∂Ļ√‚∑—ŅīState University. Judges volunteer their time to support Regents‚Äô Cup, and will include elected officials, business and community leaders, journalists and educators.
Nearly 140 students from ASU, Northern ◊Ó–¬¬ť∂Ļ√‚∑—ŅīUniversity and the University of ◊Ó–¬¬ť∂Ļ√‚∑—Ņīapplied to represent their university at the Regents‚Äô Cup. Participating student teams will spend the next few months honing their debate skills and crafting persuasive stories with expert guidance from coaches at each university.
The board awards generous scholarships to first, second and third place winners ‚Äď $15,000, $12,000 and $5,000 respectively. All other team members receive a $500 scholarship. Funds are used at students‚Äô discretion to support and advance their education and Regent‚Äôs Cup participants are eligible to receive internship or course credit for their work.
Arizona‚Äôs public universities are exemplars in free speech and are recognized by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education with the .
To experience the Regents‚Äô Cup, watch last year‚Äôs storytelling winner and the Oxford debate winner .