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LSUS Debate Claims Best in State Again And Best in Southern Forensic Region

January 30, 2018

The LSUS Debate Team traveled to the Southern Forensic Championships this weekend and maintained its near decade long streak of earning the title of top debate team in Louisiana as it won the Louisiana State Championship Title and the Southern Forensic Championship title in debate.

The Southern Forensic Championship Tournament is made up of collegiate debate teams from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Each year the annual tournament crowns championships for each state and the region.

Individually, LSUS earned several state championship awards representing each college on campus. Representing the College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry major Hannah Ross and Social Sciences major Fatimah Smith went undefeated in the preliminary rounds of the Team Debate division. Ross earned an additional Louisiana State Championship title as the top Louisiana speaker in the Varsity Division of individual debate.

Austin Lemoine earned a state title representing the College of Business, Education, and Human Development. Lemoine, a Business Administration major, was the Louisiana State Champion in debating and speaking in the Junior Varsity division of the tournament.

An additional honor came when freshman Business Management major Ethan Arbuckle was elected by his student peers as the Louisiana Student Representative to the Southern Forensics Governing Board.

The next tournament for the team will be at LSU Baton Rouge on February 1-3. For more information, please contact the Bradley S. Kemp Professor of Debate, Trey Gibson, at

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