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LSUS Debaters bring home state awards from Southern Forensic Championships

January 31, 2017

(Hattiesburg, MS) The LSU Shreveport Debate Team traveled to the University of Southern Mississippi to compete in the annual Southern Forensic Championships this past weekend and returned home with a number of top Louisiana recognitions which includes earning the award as the top collegiate debate team in the state of Louisiana. The Southern Forensic Championship tournament is the preeminent regional forensics and debate tournament that crowns individual state champions for Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. Individual members of the team earned top honors. John Brown, a senior Psychology major earned two Louisiana State Champion speaker titles for his performance in both the Team and Varsity IPDA divisions. Freshman Chemistry major, Hannah Ross advanced for the first time as a new member of the LSUS team by earning a 5-1 record in the prelims before losing in a close 2-1 decision in the octafinal round of the Junior-Varsity division. Finally, junior English major, Julian Lawrence who is currently ranked in the top 5 in the nation, advanced to the quarterfinal round and earned a 3rd place trophy for speaking in the Professional division.

In addition to competitive awards, LSUS Director of Debate Trey Gibson was named by a student and program vote as the 2017 Southern Forensic Championships "Coach of the Year".

This past weekend was a solid performance for the LSUS team who currently ranks in the top 15 in the IPDA National Rankings report. Next up for the squad will be local competition hosted by Bossier Parish Community College on February 17-19th. For more information about the team, please contact Trey Gibson, The Bradley S. Kemp Professor of Debate at LSU Shreveport.