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Tubbs, LSUA Debate Team Earn Awards

Released: 02/03/2009

David Tubbs, a junior history major at LSU at Alexandria, was named Louisiana Novice State Champion at the recent Tri-State Championship debate tournament at Bossier Parish Community College. Tubbs, a two-tour veteran of the Iraq War, graduated from Port Allen High School and lives in Alexandria. Sixteen universities, including LSU and Tulane, competed in the novice division.

Lei Prennel, a junior from Tioga, earned a quarterfinalist trophy competing in his first tournament. Conrad Spottsville, a senior from Alexandria, finished seventh speaker among 48 contestants, and Paul Medica, a freshman from Alexandria, ranked in the final 15. Spottsville and Prennel, an active member of the Louisiana National Guard, are president and vice president of the LSUA Student Government Association.

It’s the fourth consecutive tournament at which LSUA debaters have finished among the Top 10 Speakers or won awards. David Doyle, a senior from St. Landry, was ranked seventh speaker at an earlier tournament at Henderson State University. LSUA won five awards at the Stephen F. Austin and Mississippi College tournaments.

LSUA will host the Oak Tree Swing tournament March 6-8 with more than 15 schools scheduled to compete. The LSUA Speech and Debate program was started in 2005 by Dr. Doran O’Donnell, assistant professor of communication studies. Dr. Kevin Ells, assistant professor of communication studies, is the current director.