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LSU Alexandria Debate Team enjoys successful season, set to host tournament

Released: 03/12/2012

Four LSUA debaters have won accolades during the current debate season and are looking forward to hosting the Oak Tree Swing Debate Tournament this weekend.

David Doyle, a political science major, was a finalist at the LSU Mardi Gras Classic debate tournament held February 24-25 in Baton Rouge. Doyle, LSUA debate team captain, was also a semi-finalist and the second place Louisiana debater at the Southern Regional Forensics Tournament at the University of Central Arkansas in late January.

At a double tournament at LSU this fall, English major Kyle Krebsbach won the novice division in his very first debate tournament. He was also ranked first place speaker.

Two LSUA professional division debaters have also been ranked first place speakers including Tim Landry and David Tubbs who won national recognition in 2009 as the IPDA Seasonal Novice Points Champion. Landry and Tubbs are past recipients of the LSUA Chancellor's Award and are alumni of the history program at LSUA.

Team coach Dr. Kevin Ells has been recognized as a First Place Speaker as well.

The LSUA debate program hosted the Generals Doubleheader IPDA (International Public Debate Association) Tournament in mid-October, welcoming about 80 debaters from a dozen programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and West Virginia. LSUA will also host the Oak Tree Swing on March 16-18 with a team debate tournament and an individual tournament. Founded in 1997, IPDA is one of the fastest growing interscholastic debate associations in the nation with competitive programs from California to Florida, and from Louisiana to Oregon. Its mission is to provide an opportunity for individuals to develop advocacy skills in a forum that promotes appropriate and effective communication. IPDA includes two-person team debate and three divisions of individual debate, including a Novice division for new debaters, a Varsity division restricted to undergraduate students, and a Professional division for alumni, graduate students, and community members.