Debate Team Excels at Mississippi State Tournament

January 28, 2020 mpartain Blog

DebateTeamSFC2020 MSUThe JSCC Debate Team just finished competing at the Southern Forensics Championship at Mississippi State University. It was a tough tournament, with 194 competitors from 27 colleges and universities from 9 different states.

Novice debaters Zavoun Watts and Joseph Honeycutt made it into elimination rounds of Novice IPDA Debate. IPDA is a style of impromptu debate where the topic changes each round of competition and competitors have 30 minutes to research and prepare arguments. This makes the third consecutive tournament that Watts has made it into elimination rounds. It was only the second tournament for Honeycutt and he broke into the top 16 with a 4-2 record.

This was the first tournament for the debate team to also enter students in the Junior Varsity division of IPDA debate. The Junior Varsity division is more difficult than Novice and is comprised of students who have considerable debate experience. Team members Nathan Wright and Daniel Davis both made it into elimination rounds in this division at their first tournament after moving up from novice.

The team will head to Bossier Parish Community College and The University of Texas at Tyler in the coming weeks. For more information about the team and scholarships that will be available in the Fall semester, please contact Dr. Janice Ralya (jralya@jeffersonstate.edu).