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LSU Shreveport Debate Team Wins Inaugural Tiger Invitational

November 13, 2012

The LSU Shreveport Debate team competed in the inaugural Tiger Invitational Debate Tournament hosted by East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) November 9th and 10th. The LSUS team entered 12 debaters into the competition and took home 15 awards including first place in the overall competition.

The team also received an award for the highest winning percentage at the tournament, 63%, winning 63% of its preliminary rounds. A total of seven LSUS debaters made it to the elimination round portion of the competition.

Individually, team members had great success. Varsity LSUS debater Kate Ryland competed in the finals and won on a 2-1 decision against University of Arkansas Monticello debater, Jon Hoskins. Novice debater Chynna Coleman won a first place speaker award. Joseph Lawson ranked top seed in the novice division and took home the second place novice speaker award. Professional debater Kirsten Howard and novice Chaz Coleman also received speaker awards for the team.

"This was my first time to win a speaker award so I was very excited when I found out," said Chynna Coleman. "I was proud of my younger brother and teammate, Chaz, for winning a speaker award too as well as helping me advance to the next round."

"I am always proud of our squad and how the team represents LSUS," said Trey Gibson, Debate Coach and Director. "We have a long road ahead of us but I am confident we will surpass all odds and finish out as strong as always."

The LSUS debate team will compete again the first weekend in December at Mississippi College.

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