A USF Business Administration major at the Center for Global Education, Franco Scamarone, has been involved in debate since he was very young; now his effort and dedication have paid off, as he has won the 2017 International Debate Championship, organized by UP according to the British Parliamentary format. Over 40 university teams from all over the world participated in the event held November 1st-5th.
Franco has been active in debate for nearly 8 years and has participated in 18 international tournaments. Due to his outstanding background, he has been elected deputy chief adjudicator for the Campeonato Mundial Universitario de Debate en Español (World Universities Debating Championship in Spanish) in Chile, and has been invited to the World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) in Mexico.
“Winning this tournament has been one of the greatest satisfactions of my life. Coming in first in an international championship is a dream come true,” said Franco, a USF Business Administration major at the Center for Global Education, which belongs to the San Ignacio de Loyola Education Corporation.
At age 23, he has already defined his goals, among which are to continue growing professionally and in the world of debate. “I became interested in debate when I was in high school, and USIL has reinforced that interest. The courses, teachers and classmates I’ve had have been of great help,” he emphasized, also mentioning the importance of taking courses in English.
Happy to be invited to participate in international debate tournaments in 2018 and aware of the challenges that lie ahead, he said “The education USIL offers is much more complete, and the education received at the CGE is very different from any other, since it shows you a different way of seeing the world.”