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Debate Team Wins Big in Season Opener

September 16, 2013

The LSU Shreveport Debate Team began its national championship title defense in strong fashion as it dominated the first annual Lee College “Kickoff Classic” in Baytown, Texas this past weekend.  The team faced 7 programs and LSUS represented 10 of the 20 total competitors that made it into the elimination rounds in the three divisions of debate.  In the end, LSUS placed second in the professional division, won the novice division, and completely swept the varsity division with all four semifinalists.

Christian Juneau, the current IPDA Novice National Tournament Champion led the attack in the novice division.  Juneau finished the preliminaries with a perfect 7-0 record and went on to win the final round on a close 2-1 decision.  Newcomer Charles Parr also advanced on a 6-1 record in the novice division and finished as a quarterfinalist.

The LSU Shreveport varsity squad dominated in the tournament winning nearly 81% of its rounds.  All five members made it to the quarterfinals.  LSUS’ Joseph Lawson advanced over teammate Madelyn Snead on a coach’s decision making Snead a quarterfinalist.  Chelsea Lawson, Elizabeth Kemp and Chaz Coleman had to earn their way into the semifinals.  Each beat their opponents in decisive fashion.  Due to their records, Coleman and Kemp were declared finalists and because Coleman earned a perfect 7-0 record in the prelims, he was awarded the tournament championship.

In the professional division, LSUS advanced 3 of the 4 competitors.  Junior Kirsten Howard made her first appearance into the finals and placed second.

The team also earned 7 of the possible 15 speaker awards in the tournament with first places in both the varsity and professional divisions.

Next up for the LSU Shreveport Debate Team will be a two-weekend stretch starting at Henderson State University on September 27-29 and then finishing with a tournament at the University of Arkansas at Monticello on October 4-6.


Director of Debate Trey Gibson and LSUS team members help prepare Kirsten Howard and Christian Juneau for their respective finals rounds.


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