LC Senior wins Varsity Division Debate Tournament in Baton Rouge

February 12th, 2007

Datha Bustard, an Alexandria senior, won the Varsity Division of the Mardi Gras Classic Debate Tournament and was named the Top Debater in Louisiana en route in the tournament held February 9-11.

A total of 18 schools from seven states attended the national tournament. Bustard swept through the preliminary rounds 6-0 to gain the quarter finals where she advanced over LC sophomore Ethan Boothe of Harrisonburg.  In the semi final round of the tournament she defeated Henry Schuler of Louisiana Tech University to gain the Louisiana championship. In the final round, the LC star defeated the Arkansas champion, David Kerr of Henderson State University.

Boothe came out of the preliminary rounds 4-2 but was paired again his teammate in the quarter final round. Bustard was also recognized as the Third Place Speaker while Boothe was Eighth.

Sophomore Allison Steed, of Pearl River, narrowly missed advancing with a 3-3 record while Dry Prong sophomore Jeffery Boydstun had a 1-5 record.

In the Novice Division, New Boston (TX) freshman Blake Gardner was named the Top Speaker among the 41 who participated in that division.  He advanced as far as the octofinals where he lost 2-1 to John Dead of LTU. Also in the Novice Division, Spencer Brown, an Alexandria junior, was 3-3 and ranked as the 12th place speaker while Rachael Melancon, a Lafayette freshman, was 2-4 and 14th ranked speaker.

With only seven debaters competing Louisiana College placed fourth among the schools.

The LC Debate Squad next travels to Pensacola, FL on February 23-25 for the Marks Invitational Debate Tournament hosted by the University of West Florida.