Two ASU Students Win Inaugural Regents’ Cup

Valielza O’Keefe and Joshua Pardhe from Arizona State University win first place at Regents’ Cup. [Photo courtesy ABOR]

Phoenix – Two Arizona State University students, Valielza O’Keefe and Joshua Pardhe, won the inaugural Regents’ Cup debate competition this weekend. The first place winners will each receive $16,600 in a one-time scholarship.

Second place was awarded to University of Arizona students Vincent Jasso and Finley Dutton-Reid.

Taking third place were ASU students Jessica Carter and Logan Guthrie, and UofA students Nyah Fyfe and Marnie Gyorffy.

Thirty-six students on two-student teams from Arizona’s public universities competed during the daylong event at the the University of Arizona on Saturday. Subjects debated included how (if at all) social media sites should regulate speech, free speech on college campuses, and if the United States should have tougher libel, slander and defamation laws.

The second-place winning team received one-time scholarships totaling $12,450 and third-place winners took home a $6,225 scholarship. Each of the remaining student competitors was awarded a $500 one-time scholarship.

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