David A. Copus (WCAS63)

David Copus of Dallas, Texas, joined the NU Debate Team in school year 1959-60. He debated on the top two-man team in 1961-62 with Lee Huebner and in 1962-63 with Jeff Sampson.  During his career he and his partners won 14 tournaments and placed second twice.

In the 1959-60 school year, Dave was part of the four-person winning team at the University of West Virginia’s North South Tournament, where he was named top speaker. He also placed third at the Kansas State Emporia tournament with partner John Roberts.

In 1960-61, Dave was a member of the winning team at five tournaments. He and partner Lee Huebner were part of the undefeated winning four-person team at the 1960 Illinois State Normal tournament and the first place four-person team at the 1960 Purdue tournament. Dave and Lee also won the 1960 Wisconsin State Oskosh tournament (where they went undefeated), the 1960 Kansas State Teachers College tournament at Emporia, Kansas, and the March 1961 Northern Illinois Tournament, where he and partner Lee Huebner tied for top speaker.

In 1961-62, Dave and Lee were members of the four-person winning team at the 1961 Purdue University tournament. They also placed second at the Kansas State Emporia and the Texas Christian tournaments, and reached the quarter-finals at Kansas State Emporia. Lee and Dave also won the 1962 Notre Dame Tournament, where Dave was third speaker. Huebner and Copus also won the 1962 University of Kansas Heart of America tournament. In 1962, Dave and Lee had the best win-loss record at the District V qualifying tournament for the National Debate Tournament. At the 1962 NDT, Dave and Lee lost in the quarterfinals. Dave was the third-ranked speaker at the NDT.

In 1962-63, Dave and partner Jeff Sampson lost in the semi-finals at Purdue and the quarter-finals at Harvard. They went undefeated and won the Ohio State tournament, where Dave was named top speaker. They also won the University of Maryland Capitol Hill tournament and the Air Force Academy tournament, where Dave was second speaker. Dave and Jeff did not qualify for the National Debate Tournament out of District V.