Pineville, LA…Louisiana College debate team had its best outing of the debate season this past weekend at the National Tournament held at The University of Central Arkansas. Following eight rounds of debate that started Friday evening and went through Saturday afternoon, eleven of seventeen LC debaters broke through to the final rounds in their respective divisions: Professional: Scot Loyd and Kris Lee; Varsity: Stephanie Baer, Jesus Carrillo, Andrew Dufour, Amanda Graves, and Lucas Moncada III; and Novice: James Arnold, Josh Engen, Courtney Hamilton, and Ann “Snowflake” Sawyer.
In overall team results, the LC squad finished 4th in the Nation out of a field of approximately forty competing programs. They also ranked 2nd in the season-long point standing and brought home a 2nd place finish from the tournament. Additionally, debate coach, Scot Loyd, was awarded National Champion Speaker in the professional field at the tournament, narrowly beating out LC alum, Kris Lee, who finished as the 2nd speaker overall in the professional division. Scot Loyd was also re-appointed to the governing board of the International Public Debate Association.
According to Loyd, “These are the best winnings and best statistics that we’ve had at a tournament since I’ve been at LC.” Loyd also noted that although LC did not have a tournament debate champion at the national tournament, there were still plenty of awards handed out to team members. Those receiving awards included:
Scot Loyd, 1st place speaker and semi-finalist
Kris Lee, 2nd place speaker and quarterfinalist
Stephanie Baer, octo-finalist
Lucas Moncada III, 6th place speaker and double-octo finalist
Amanda Graves: Double-octo finalist
Andrew Dufour: Double-octo finalist
Jesus Carrillo: Double-octo finalist
Travis Kliewer, Double-octo finalist
Josh Engen: Semi-finalist
Courtney Hamilton, 7th place speaker and octo-finalist
Ann “Snowflake” Sawyer, octo-finalist
James Arnold: Double-octo finalist
Louisiana College team awards included: 2nd place overall at Nationals, 5th place in Novice debate season, 2nd place in Professional Debate Season, and 4th place overall sweepstakes for the season.
With LC’s best year in debate behind it now, Loyd is looking forward to the future, “At the beginning of this year we had half our squad on novice, half on varsity. Next year, we’ll have all our squad on varsity, so we’re looking for anyone that wants to become a part of our award-winning debate team!”