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LSUS Debate Team Wins Overall At BPCC Tournament

February 22, 2016

The LSU Shreveport Debate Team traveled across the river to Bossier this weekend and returned with more than 2 dozen awards.

In individual speaking events, LSUS placed second overall. Sophomore English major Julian Lawrence took first place in Extemporaneous Speaking and second place in Impromptu Speaking. LSUS' James Bohn, Zahra Abd and Sabrina Warren also received finalist awards in speaking during the Friday section of the tournament.

In Team IPDA debate, LSUS had an incredible showing. Three teams represented LSUS in the tournament and each advanced to the semifinals. Semifinalists from LSUS include the team of Erika Hill and Kamaya Jiles and the team of Lance Rich and Rahim Sindhwani. Elizabeth Kemp and John Brown advanced to the final losing on a very close 2-1 decision, placing second in the tournament.

In the Individual IPDA debate divisions LSUS advanced 7 to the elimination rounds. James Bohn entered the eliminations after earning the first seeding with a 6-1 record in the preliminaries. Due to the seedings, he was forced to walk over fellow LSUS teammate Rahim Sindhwani in the quarterfinals. Bohn kept advancing all the way to the final round in the Junior Varsity Division before he lost on a 2-1 decision, placing second. Lance Rich, a junior Computer Science major also advanced all the way to the finals before losing on another close 2-1 decision.

This was the last regular season tournament for the team. On Sunday, February 28th, Director of Debate Trey Gibson, Senior Political Science major Elizabeth Kemp, junior Psychology major John Brown and Lance Rich will fly out to join the rest of the team representing the United States in the Montgomery Cup as they debate teams from Ireland and Scotland.

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