Mark Cotham (C79, GC79)

Mark Cotham, from Houston, Texas, joined the NU debate team in school year 1975-76. He and partner Stuart Singer won the National Debate Tournament in 1978. The following year Mark and partner Donald Dripps were second at the NDT. Mark and his partners won eight tournaments during his career.

As a junior during the 1977-78 season, Mark debated with Stuart Singer and won the National Debate Tournament. They also won the Kansas State Emporia, Houston (where they were undefeated), California State-Fullerton, Dartmouth and University of Kansas Heart of America tournaments.

In his senior year, Mark debated with Donald Dripps. They won the Utah tournament by closing out the final round with Northwestern’s Chris Wonnell and Susan Winkler. They reached the final round at Dartmouth and Baylor and lost in the quarter-finals at Kentucky and several other tournaments. Mark and Don reached the finals of the NDT, where they lost to a Harvard team that they had beaten 3-0 in the preliminaries. In the preliminary rounds, Mark and Don were the second seed compiling a 7-1 record and winning 22 of 24 ballots, the most ballots won in NDT history.  At the NDT tournament, Mark was named fourth speaker.