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ETBU hosts Tiger Invitational Debate Tournament

By Special to the News-Journal
Dec. 6, 2017 at 11 a.m.


The East Texas Baptist University debate team hosted the sixth annual Tiger Invitational Debate Tournament on Nov. 10-11.

More than 100 students from schools such as Union University, Louisiana State University at Shreveport and Bossier Parish Community College traveled to ETBU's campus to participate.

"This was our largest tournament ever, with 118 competitors from 17 different universities, some from as far away as Tennessee and Virginia. Including coaches and judges, we hosted over 200 individuals during the weekend," ETBU Debate Director Cole Franklin said. "It's always a great weekend and we had a wonderful tournament again this year."

As a member of the International Public Debate Association (IPDA), the ETBU debate team hosts the tournament on campus to provide additional opportunities for other universities in the IPDA community to experience a Christ-centered competition.

"We enjoyed welcoming other teams to our Home on the Hill," ETBU senior debate team Officer Harleigh Parrish said. "We are able to tell other debaters about the unique experience of ETBU. I appreciate the feedback we have received from the schools we host. Preparing for and serving throughout the tournament was an encouragement to me and my teammates."

The tournament finished with Union University's team placing first overall, followed by Louisiana State University at Shreveport in second and Bossier Parish Community College finishing third.

Individual division winners were novice champion Mary Catherine Procell of Bossier Parish Community College, junior varsity champion Kendall Short of Union University, varsity champion Jerry McCauley of Bossier Parish Community College and professional champion Russell Richardson of Union University.

"I enjoyed competing in the Tiger Invitational," Union University debater Katy Kelly said. "In the past four years at this tournament, I have built relationships with my opponents. I was glad to return for friendly the competition."

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