Debate Team Finishes Strong

April 8th, 2009

LC Debate Team

Pineville, LA The Louisiana College Debate team wrapped up a successful season at the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) Nationals Tournament, in Bossier City, LA, April 3-5, where they fielded sixteen competitors and four judges, the largest team in several years and brought home two Nationals Championships in speaking and debate.


Finishing first in Novice was Stephanie Baer, beating out 82 competitors from 23 colleges and universities from across the nation. Additionally, Baer won 2nd Speaker, an award which honors the best public speakers in the field.


In Varsity, senior team captain, Kris Lee, beat out 58 other competitors to bring home a Championship Speaker award, as well as finishing first in his field. Lee was also one of the featured speakers at the convention banquet during a special tribute to former LC debate coach Bennett Strange.


In other results from the tournament, Coach Scot Loyd was a quarter finalist in the open division, and was appointed by his peers to the governing board of the IPDA.


In Novice, Tony Alonzo Jr. and Courtney Hamilton finished as double octo-finalists, and Zach Veulaman was an octo-finalist.


In Varsity, Eric Puckett finished as an octo-finalist, and Kris Lee and Andrew Dufour finished as double octo-finalists.


“It was a great year for LC debate,” stated Loyd. “We will miss our departing seniors; Kris Lee, Tony Alonzo, Jr. and Victory Greenhouse; they provided a great deal of leadership and made the great finish at Nationals possible.”


However, Loyd noted that they “have a great group returning” and “we are always looking for critical thinkers and persuasive speakers.” Looking ahead, he predicts that “the future of LC debate is bright.”