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LSU Shreveport Debate Takes 2nd at Madison Cup

April 22, 2019


(Harrisonburg,VA)- The LSU Shreveport Debate Team sent two teams to compete in the annual Madison Cup hosted by James Madison University and finished 2nd in the prestigious field behind a team from George Washington University.

The Madison Cup features a “Long Table” style debate with three teams on each side of a pre-determined topic. The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation sponsors the event allowing the Madison Cup to offer travel stipends and prizes for the winners. The second place finish means that LSUS Debate won $3,000 and its two debaters earned $1,000 each in scholarship money.

This year’s debate centered around significantly reducing executive authority over immigration. LSUS was the only school to qualify both of its teams for the final table, but unfortunately only one team per University is allowed to compete in the finals. LSUS’s Dominic Mercer and Jerry McCauley represented LSUS while Austin Lemoine and James Bohn cheered them on from the audience.

Also joining LSUS at the final table were winners George Washington University, 3rd place team Drury University, Georgetown University, the University of Arkansas, and Liberty University. 

This event marks the end of an incredible season for the LSUS Debate Team, which also placed 2nd in the IPDA Championship Tournament, earned an IPDA Season Ranking National Championship Title, and traveled to Ireland, Wales and London for the Montgomery Cup.

For more information about the team, please contact Director of Debate, Trey Gibson.


Media Contact: Wendell Riley, Director of Media and Public Relations 318-797-5108

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