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LSUS Debate Has 10 New Members and Recruits 2 National Champions

September 13, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SHREVEPORT-After finishing second at the 2018 national championship tournament, the LSUS Debate Team put all its efforts into recruiting and came up big. Overall, the team has 10 new members that include two transfers who ranked #1 in their respective divisions last year.

 

Jerry McCauley is a two-time national season ranking champion and junior Biology major that is originally from Elizabeth, New Jersey that comes to LSUS via BPCC and Lee College. McCauley won the season ranking title for the junior varsity division during the 2015-2016 season while at Lee College. Then, last year, he won the season ranking title in the varsity division as a member of the BPCC debate team. After graduating from LSUS he hopes to become a registered nurse.

 

Mary Catherine Procell is a Bossier City native who won the novice division season ranking title during the 2017-2018 season while competing for BPCC. Her title set records within the organization for most points ever earned by a student competitor. After she graduates from LSUS she plans to become a doctor of Osteopathic medicine.

 

In addition to McCauley and Procell, the team has gained two more transfers. Dominic Mercer also comes to LSUS from BPCC’s debate team. Mercer competed in both the junior varsity and varsity divisions last year tying for 18th in the national standings. He is currently pursuing a Computer Science degree with a concentration in Network Security. Megan Arbuckle comes to LSUS from Louisiana Tech. This will be her first year competing in debate and she is studying Business Management.

 

The team is also gaining several current students at LSUS. Victoria Silvio is working a double major in Business Management and English, and Leslie Salley is a senior General Business major. Tyson Lee is a sophomore majoring in History with a concentration in Political Science, and Tamiyah Wright is working on a Biological Science degree with a focus on Forensic Science. Each of these will be debating for the first time and will be entering the novice division representing LSUS.

 

Finally, the team has two brand new freshmen. Terraneisha Lee joins LSUS from Zachary High School with plans to study Criminal Justice and Jon Luke Hutson, a Byrd High School graduate, plans to study Computer Science.

 

Our new additions will join our eight returning members for the first tournament of the season next weekend, September 21st-23rd, at Lee College in Baytown, Texas. The team will play host to the annual Red River Championships in mid-October and to the IPDA National Championships in April.

 

For more information about LSUS Debate, please contact Trey Gibson, The Bradley S. Kemp Professor of Debate.

 

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Media Contact: Wendell Riley, Director of Media and Public Relations wendell.riley@lsus.edu 318-797-5108

 
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