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LSUS debaters to join US team in Montgomery Cup

March 02, 2015

(Shreveport) LSU Shreveport Director of Debate, Trey Gibson, and three LSUS students will leave Thursday,  March 5th to join the United States team as it competes against students from Great Britain for the Montgomery Cup.

The US squad will face off against Britain debating the recently announced topic arguing over the justification of military action against ISIS.  Much like the Ryder Cup in golf, points are accrued throughout the trip and the side with the most wins the Montgomery Cup.

Dr. Jack Rogers, Executive Director of the Board of Directors for the Global Institute for Forensic Training and coach of the United States team invited LSUS' Trey Gibson to join the coaching staff for the Montgomery Cup.  Along with Gibson, LSUS team Captain Colby Walker, team President Madelyn Snead, and Vice-president Elizabeth Kemp will be joining the team as competitors. LSUS team President Madelyn Snead stated, "On behalf of the team, we are excited to be representing the United States and bringing international recognition to LSU Shreveport. "The U.S. team will spend two weeks traveling through Scotland and England debating some of the best Great Britain has to offer. 

In his invitation, Dr. Rogers recognized LSUS' string of 5 national IPDA season championships in the last 7 years and 3 IPDA National Championship Tournament titles in the last 6 years as reasons LSUS was given this honor.  In the last 7 years, LSUS has earned nearly 3 dozen national championship titles in the International Public Debate Association.  The team placed 2nd at the IPDA National Championship Tournament last April.  Director of Debate Trey Gibson stated "This is an incredible honor to represent our country and we thank Dr. Rogers and the Global Institute for this opportunity given to LSUS and our community."

Madelyn Snead is currently a junior Psychology major from Monroe, Louisiana and president of the LSU Shreveport debate team.  She has been debating since her freshman year at Neville High School.  Most recently during the 2013-2014 academic season Snead was a quarterfinalist at the IPDA National tournament in team debate and is currently tied for 15th in the IPDA national varsity rankings out of more than 350 competitors.

Elizabeth Kemp is currently a senior Political Science major from Bossier City, Louisiana, vice-president of the LSU Shreveport debate team, and research assistant for the International Lincoln Center at LSUS.  She has been debating since her freshman year at Parkway High School.  Most recently during the 2013-2014 academic season Kemp earned a national championship title in team debate for IPDA season-long rankings and placed 2nd in varsity division season-long ranking race.  Kemp is currently tied for 2nd out of more than 350 competitors in the varsity division and 1st in speaking.

Colby Walker is currently a senior Business Management and Administration major from Shreveport, Louisiana and captain of the LSU Shreveport debate team.  He is a non-traditional student who works for Communications One, a telecommunication and enterprise security company based in Shreveport.  Walker has been debating for many years beginning at Caddo Middle Magnet and Magnet High School.  Walker is currently ranked 4th in the IPDA national professional division standings out of more than 150 competitors.

Trey Gibson is currently the Bradley S. Kemp Professor of Debate at LSU Shreveport and a student in the new doctorate program in Leadership Studies.   He is a 1994 graduate of LSU Shreveport, earned his Master’s degree from Arkansas State in 1998, and is an instructor of Communications.  Individually, he has earned 6 national titles in debate and has coached teams and students to a collective total of nearly 5 dozen national championship titles in 16 years of teaching.

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