Speech & Debate Team Excels in Virtual Tournament

November 10, 2020 dbobo Blog

LSUSPicThe Jefferson State Debate Team competed with 28 other colleges and universities at the Louisiana State University-Shreveport Red River Classic Debate Tournament on November 7-8.

Team members gathered on the Shelby-Hoover Campus to compete in this virtual IPDA debate tournament. IPDA is an impromptu style of debate where the students are assigned the affirmative or negative role for each round and the topic changes each time. Team members debated topics such as “College football is better than the NFL,” “Sam was more of a hero than Frodo in Lord of the Rings,” and “The U.S. should privatize space.”

Jefferson State entered three students into the competition and all three made it into elimination rounds. In a field of 67 debaters, Zavoun Watts was a double-octofinalist in Novice IPDA and Jacob Davidson was an octofinalist. Heaven Sheppard made it into octofinals in Junior Varsity IPDA, in a field of 45 debaters. Team members Kelvin Thomas, Cameron Hodges, Dax Moody, Daniel Davis, and Ali Richard served as judges for the tournament and helped the debaters prepare their arguments.

Jefferson State’s team is currently looking for new members and scholarships are available. Please contact Dr. Janice Ralya (jralya@jeffersonstate.edu) for more information.