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Tubbs Wins First Debate Title in LSUA History

Released: 02/16/2009

David Tubbs has captured the first individual championship in the four-year history of the LSU at Alexandria debate team.

Tubbs, a junior history major, was tournament champion in the IPDA Novice Division at the Mardi Gras Classic debate tournament at LSU. He also won the 5th Speaker trophy. Tubbs, a graduate of Port Allen High School who lives in Alexandria, is a two-tour veteran of the Iraq War. Tubbs finished second overall and was Louisiana Novice Division state champion at the earlier Tri-State Championship at Bossier Parish Community College.

The LSUA Speech and Debate team ranked second among 10 universities at the Mardi Gras Classic in division sweepstakes points. It was the sixth consecutive tournament at which LSUA debaters have finished among the Top 10 Speakers or won awards.

Conrad Spottsville, a senior psychology major and Student Government Assn. president from Alexandria, won an octofinalist award. Caina Munson, a sophomore psychology student from Lebeau, was a Top 10 Speaker among 32 contestants in her first tournament.

“I was proud of the intellectual maturity with which our students assessed the subject matter and the swift turning of Internet research into salient arguments,” said Dr. Kevin Ells, assistant professor of communication studies and faculty advisor to the LSUA Speech and Debate program.

David Doyle, a junior at LSU at Alexandria, captured the 3rd Speaker trophy and a Quarterfinalist Award in the varsity division at the recent “Turf Wars” Debate Tournament at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Tex. Doyle, a history major from St. Landry, competed in his 10th tournament, the most of any member of the LSUA team.

Spottsville was named 7th Speaker in the novice division of the "Turf Wars" tournament, and Lei Prenell, a junior psychology major from Tioga, garnered a quarterfinalist trophy at the Tri-State Championship.

The LSUA team also won five awards at the Stephen F. Austin and Mississippi College tournaments.

LSUA will host the Oak Tree Swing Tournament, with more than 15 colleges scheduled to compete, March 6-8. The university began intercollegiate debate in 2005