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United States Debate Team wins Montgomery Cup, LSUS represented

March 14, 2016

(Edinburgh, Scotland) After two very eventful weeks traveling throughout Ireland competing, the United States Montgomery Cup Debate Team faced Edinburgh in the final debate of the 2016 Montgomery Cup. LSUS' Elizabeth Kemp and UCM partner Tyler Slinkard took the top spot in the debate giving the United States its final 3 points and a 23-19 overall victory in the Cup.  This is the 20th anniversary of the Montgomery Cup and this victory is the 15th for the U.S. 

The U.S. team was made up of students and coaches from LSU Shreveport and the University of Central Missouri. Three students and one coach represented LSUS in the Cup. The students are Elizabeth Kemp, a graduating Political Science major, Lance Rich, a junior in Computer Science, and John Brown, a junior in Psychology.  LSUS debate coach, Trey Gibson, served as one of the assistant coaches and adjudicators for the United States team.

The LSUS half of the team will return to Shreveport Tuesday evening arriving around 8pm at the Regional Airport. They will have little time to soak in this shared victory as they will have to quickly begin preparations for the 2016 IPDA National Debate Championships that will begin on March 30th.

Students from LSU Shreveport were able to be a part of the U.S. team due to gracious support from the LSUS Foundation and Noel Foundation, Inc.

 Photos:  
Top: Elizabeth Kemp and Director of Debate, Trey Gibson, climbed Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and planted the LSUS flag.

Bottom:  (L to R)  Elizabeth Kemp, John Brown, LSUS Director of Debate, Trey Gibson, and Lance Rich visiting the fairy garden in Blarney, Ireland.