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LC debate team sets record

LC Debate Team
(Left to Right) Jada Ford, Trinity Baugh, Macy Dammen, Luke Cammack.

by Wildcats Media Staff

Louisiana College Wildcat Debate brought home a record 17 trophies in the 44thAnnual Red River Swing Tournament held at Louisiana State University Shreveport, Oct. 11-14.

Teams from 15 colleges and universities across the South competed in individual events (I.E.) and debate. Wildcat Debate competed in the combination tournament that included Louisiana Tech I.E. Tournament and LSUS I.E. and Debate Tournament.

“We’ve never before competed in individual events, so for our first foray into that world I cannot be more pleased,” said Wildcat Debate Coach Brian Manuel. 

Fifteen members of the Wildcat Debate team competed. Manuel said the team will continue competing, as the team brought home fourth place overall, and every member who competed won or placed.

“Our team is young but growing in both number and experience,” Manuel said. “We had two novice debaters -- in their first-ever and second-ever competitions -- who made it to the quarterfinals. That’s incredible.”

The quarterfinals include the top eight debaters in each division.

“I am extremely proud of Professor Manuel and our students for the commendable manner they illustrated the essence of the liberal arts,” said Dr. Rick Brewer, president. “They admirably demonstrated three of our foundational tenets at Louisiana College: critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem solving. Professor Manuel and the debate team embody our Vision of Preparing Graduates and Transforming Lives.”

In the Louisiana Tech I.E. Tournament, sophomore public relations major Macy Dammen took first place and earned the top novice award in the poetry competition. Sophomore English major Jada Ford placed second.

Dammen placed fourth and earned the top novice award in the prose competition and Ford placed fifth.

Freshman nursing major Luke Cammack placed first and took home the top novice award in the dramatic interpretation competition.

LC won fourth place overall in the Louisiana Tech I.E. tournament.

In the LSUS I.E and Debate Tournament, LC repeated its victory in the poetry competition. Dammen took first place and the top novice award. Ford won second.

In the prose competition, Dammen earned first place and the top novice award and Ford finished fourth.

In the dramatic interpretation competition, Cammack placed second and earned the top novice award.

Novice debate quarterfinalists were Trinity Baugh, a dual enrollment junior high school student, who competed in her first-ever debate competition, and freshman communication studies major Joel Thompson. It was his second debate tournament.


LC Wildcat Debate is open to any student and meets Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in MPAC 206.