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January 29, 2013

The LSU Shreveport Debate team finished first in debate sweepstakes at the Southern Forensic Championships hosted on the LSUS campus January 25-27.  The tournament hosts teams from Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas also crowning the top teams and competitors in each state.  LSU Shreveport finished with 25 awards including 8 Louisiana Champion honors.

As a team, LSUS advanced 4 students to the Individual Event finals and 8 students to the debate elimination rounds.  The team won the Southern Forensic Debate Sweepstakes earning making the team the top debate team in Louisiana and the region. 

Individually, LSU Shreveport advanced debaters into all three individual division finals for the second tournament in a row.  Team president and current leader in the IPDA national varsity rankings, Chelsea Anthony won the varsity division Southern Forensic Championship title and was crowned Louisiana Champion.  LSUS team member Austin Wiseman made it to the finals in the novice division where he lost on a close 2-1 decision.  As the last representative standing from Louisiana, he earned the novice division Louisiana Champion title.  The team had great success in speaking, as well.  Three LSUS debaters were named Louisiana Champion Speakers in their respective divisions of debate.  Julie Thomas was named the Louisiana Champion Speaker for the team debate division.  Chaz Coleman won the novice division champion speaker award.  Finally, Kirsten Howard won the professional division Louisiana champion speaker award.

The tournament also gave LSU Shreveport 85 points to add to their lead in the IPDA National Ranking for the 2012-2013season.  Next up for the team will be competition at Henderson State University in February.

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