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LSUS Debate Places Second in Abilene Christian Contest for Season Best Finish

December 14, 2020

Shreveport, LA–LSU Shreveport’s Debate Team took second place overall at the Second Annual Joseph Cardot Speech and Debate Tournament hosted by Abilene Christian University on December 5 and 6, 2020. This marks the team’s best finish of the season and vaults LSUS into fourth place in the nation according to the International Public Debate Association.

In the individual contests, LSUS had four debaters in the elimination rounds. Freshman novice debater Mallory Taylor was a quarter finalist in only her second-ever collegiate debate tournament.

Varsity debaters made a mark in the competition as Dom Mercer placed third in speaking and Ethan Arbuckle placed second in speaking with an advancement to the finals. Arbuckle dropped the final round on a split decision taking home a second place trophy. It was his second-straight finals appearance.

In the professional division, LSUS earned two additional speaker awards as well as two advancements to the elimination rounds. JJ Thompson finished fourth in speaking while Mary Catherine Procell placed third. Tommy James advanced to the semi-final round while Matthew Gedeon advanced to finals and missed the victory on a split decision. Gedeon placed second overall for the tournament.

LSUS finished the fall semester strong after a semester of hard work and growth. The Debate Team will resume competition in mid-January at the University of Southern Mississippi virtual tournament.

For more information about the LSUS Debate Team, please contact AJ Edwards at 318-751-8350 or

About LSUS

Founded in 1967, Louisiana State University Shreveport offers a wide array of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral degree. The university’s mission is to educate a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students; engage in regional and global thought leadership through community collaboration and service; and innovate to enhance the application of knowledge and intellectual discovery through faculty and student research and creative endeavors.

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