Lee Huebner (WCAS62)

Lee Huebner of Sheboygan, Wisc., joined the NU debate team as a freshman in the 1958-59 school year.  During his career, Lee won 12 tournaments and numerous top speaker awards.  As a senior, Lee was a member of the top two-person team, won five tournaments, and tied for top speaker at the 1962 National Debate Tournament.

As a freshman, Lee had a 32-8 win-loss record. He went undefeated to win the Wisconsin State-Oskosh tournament with Eldon Lanning.  He also won the Chicago Area tournament.

As a sophomore in school year 1959-60, Lee and his partners won two tournaments. Lee and partner John Lehman were part of the four-person team that won the 1960 Illinois State Normal Tournament.  Lee and partner John Lehman also were members of NU’s winning four-person team at the 1960 Dartmouth tournament, where Lee was named top speaker.

As a junior in 1960-61, Lee won three tournaments. He and partner Dave Copus went undefeated in winning the 1960 Kansas State Teachers College Tournament at Emporia, Kansas. Huebner and Copus were also part of Northwestern’s winning four-person team at the 1960 Purdue Tournament with Lee being top negative speaker. In addition, Huebner and Copus won the 84-team Northern Illinois Tournament in March 1961, tying each other for top speaker.

As a senior in 1961-62, Lee and his partners won five tournaments and placed second once. Huebner and partner Dave Copus lost in the quarter-finals of the Kansas State Emporia Tournament in October 1961. In November 1961, they took second in the Texas Christian University Tournament. In November, they also were part of an undefeated four-person team that won the Purdue University tournament.  Lee was named top negative speaker. Lee, with partner Gary Wersky, also won the 1962 Harvard University Invitational tournament compiling a 10-2 record. In addition, Lee and Dave Copus also won the Notre Dame Tournament, with Lee receiving the top speaker award.  Lee and Dave also won the 1962 University of Kansas Heart of America Tournament.

In 1962, Huebner and partner Dave Copus had the best record in the District V qualifying tournament.  At the 1962 National Debate Tournament at West  Point, they reached the quarter-finals, with Lee tying for top speaker.