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LSUS Debate Wins First Tournament of the Year

January 28, 2021

Shreveport, LA- The LSUS Debate team recently won first place overall at the Annual Hub City Swing hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi on January 23 and 24, 2020. This is the team's first tournament of the spring semester and its first overall tournament championship of the year.

In the individual portions of the tournament, all six LSUS competitors brought home speaker awards. Kale Rector placed third in Speaking in the Novice Division. David Issacs placed fifth in Speaking in the Junior Varsity Division. Ethan Arbuckle and Dominick Mercer placed fourth and second respectively in Speaking in the varsity division. Leia Smith placed fifth in Speaking in the Professional Division, while Matthew Gedeon was the Professional Division Speaking champion for the tournament.

Of the six competitors, LSUS advanced three to the elimination rounds. Dominick Mercer finished as a semi-finalist in the Varsity Division, and Matthew Gedeon finished as a semi-finalist in the Professional Division. Ethan Arbuckle won his second straight second place finishing in the Varsity Division. His victory earns him a first-place ranking in the nation for the Varsity Division.

LSUS Debate will compete next at the Southern Forensics Championship Tournament on January 29 to 31, 2021. For more information on the Debate team please contact AJ Edwards at 318-751-8350 or

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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