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LSUS Debate Takes 2nd Place Overall while hosting the IPDA Championships

April 22, 2019


SHREVEPORT, LA- The LSU Shreveport Debate Team played host to the International Public Debate Association’s 2019 Championship Tournament bringing in nearly 400 competitors, coaches and judges to its campus and the Shreveport/Bossier region. The team also competed and followed up its IPDA Season Ranking National Championship title by placing 2nd overall in the tournament and MLA graduate student AJ Edwards won his 2nd Professional Division Championship title in a row.

LSUS advanced 2 teams and 8 individual debaters to elimination rounds in divisions of debate that took place over the span of 4 days of competition. Edwards, who is the graduate assistant for the team earned a 6-2 record in the preliminary rounds and won the final round with a 4-1 decision. Teammates Colby Walker and Ethan Arbuckle made it to the semifinals in their respective divisions while LSUS’ Tyson Lee and Austin Lemoine were quarterfinalists.

Director of Debate, Trey Gibson, stated, “I’m so proud of this team’s performance. These students had it especially tough because they had to be prepared to argue against great competition while playing host at the same time”.

LSUS partnered with Bossier Parish Community College and Louisiana Tech in hosting the tournament. In total, about 40 teams from 14 states and the UK visited the Shreveport/Bossier area. Union University took the overall title ahead of LSUS and Colorado Christian placed 3rd.


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