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LSU Shreveport Debate Team acknowledged in the Congressional Record

The LSU Shreveport Debate team has been extremely successful, and it has not gone un-noticed.  In fact, they have even caught the eye of our law makers in Washington, D.C. and have appeared in one of the recent Congressional Record publications. 

Congressman Rodney Alexander, who represents the fifth district of Louisiana, had the following remarks to say in front of his fellow congressmen in Washington:

            HON. RODNEY ALEXANDER
            OF LOUISIANA

            IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

            Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mr. ALEXANDER.  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Louisiana State University-Shreveport (LSUS) Debate team for finishing its season with a combined total of nine International Public Debate Associations (IPDA) National Championship titles after four days of competition at the 2013 IPDA's National Championship Tournament hosted by the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Under the great leadership of Coach Trey Gibson, the LSUS team won nearly 60 percent of their preliminary rounds earning 14 spots in the elimination rounds.  As a program, the team earned four national tournament titles including the National Tournament Overall Championship title, the Scholastic Championship, and Founders title.  Finance majors Cody King and Christian Juneau each made it to the final round in their respective divisions.  King lost in the professional division final on a 2-1 decision.  Things were different for Juneau as he defeated his opponent and took the Novice National Tournament Championship title. 

Before the tournament began, the team had already earned five national championship titles for competition throughout the season.  The LSUS team was the top ranked program in the Nation in the Varsity, Professional and Scholastic division season rankings.  Success in those categories contributed to the Founders' Cup title making LSUS the top ranked program in the Nation for the 2012-2013 competitive season.  Individually, senior Psychology major Chelsea Anthony won the season ranking title in the Varsity division. 

The Season Ranking National title is the fifth in a row for LSU Shreveport.  The National Tournament title is the team's second in a row and third in the last five years.

Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in offering congratulations to the LSUS Debate Team, Coach Trey Gibson, and to each member for all of their wonderful success.

You can find the article in the Congressional Record, vol. 159 No. 53. In the extensions of remarks section from April 18, 2013, page E494.

Louisiana State University in Shreveport is a public university proudly serving the Shreveport-Bossier educational community with 25 undergraduate degree programs and 13 master's degree programs, and over 70 student organizations.  LSUS is a member of the LSU System, and provides a number of centers and institutes that serve as valuable economic development and educational resources to the community, as well as to our students. To find out more about LSUS, call 318-797-5000, or visit www.lsus.edu.

For more information on the LSU Shreveport Debate Team, please contact Trey Gibson, Director of Debate and Leadership Studies, at Trey.Gibson@lsus.edu, or (318) 797-5081.

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