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LSU Shreveport Debaters Qualify for National Speaking Tournament

February 07, 2012
LSUS DebateLSU Shreveport qualified two students to compete in the 139th Interstate Oratory Competition. IOC is the oldest persuasive speaking contest in the nation, and the top two persuasive speakers from each state qualify. Representing Louisiana will be Kate Ryland, a senior double major in chemistry and speech communication, and Chelsea Anthony, a senior psychology major.

This will be Ryland's second qualification to the national event. She previously qualified in 2011 and placed 36th in the nation. Her persuasive speech focuses on the need to change vaccination exemption laws in the United States. "I really look forward to this second chance to compete with some of the best speakers in the nation and represent LSUS," Ryland stated.

This will be Anthony's first experience at IOC. She qualified with a persuasive speech condemning "convenience devocalization" of dogs and cats. "Representing LSUS at a national competition is such an honor," Anthony said.

The 2012 tournament will be hosted by Emerson University in Boston, Mass. and take place at the end of April. Director of Debate, Trey Gibson stated, "I am very proud of the hard work from Chelsea and Kate. I know that they will represent LSUS well."

LSU Shreveport will be hosting the 140th Annual Interstate Oratory Competition in the spring of 2013. Anyone interested in supporting the event should contact Trey Gibson at or (318)-797-5081.


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