Monday, July 15, 2024

LSUS Debate Team earns multiple wins at Southern Forensics Championships Tournament 

by BIZ Magazine

The LSU Shreveport Debate Team attended the 2023 Southern Forensics Championship Tournament, which took place Jan. 27-29 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

The debate team joined over 300 students from 29 different schools across 10 states. LSUS students competed in both team and individual categories.  

The following LSUS students earned notable rankings during the tournament:  

  • Bailey Brown, freshman  – Quarter finalist, Novice individual debate 
  • Daniel Davis, senior – Octofinalist, Individual varsity debate & Louisiana state varsity speaking champion 
  • Chloe Fresne, freshman  – Octofinalist, Novice individual debate 
  • CJ Longino, freshman  – Quarterfinalist, Varsity team debate & Louisiana team debate champion 
  • Temí Sobukola, sophomore  – Double octofinalist, Novice individual debate 
  • Cameron Thoel, sophomore – Octofinalist, Novice individual debate & Quarterfinalist, Varsity team debate & Louisiana team debate champion 
  • Jewel Thomas, senior  – Semifinalist, Varsity individual debate & Louisiana state champion debater  
  • Megan Veilleux, graduate student – Louisiana state professional speaking champion 

The LSUS Debate Team collectively won the Louisiana debate sweepstakes championship.

AJ Edwards, an instructor at LSU Shreveport, has served as the LSUS Director of Debate since 2019. “It is amazing to watch all the hard work, time, and long nights and weekends pay off for our team. As a coach, I couldn’t ask for better students and team members,” said Edwards. 

The LSUS Debate Team will next compete at the 2023 Dallas Baptist University Invitational on Feb 10-12.  

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