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LR Debate dominates the Southeast Regionals

Fri Mar 14 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — LR’s debaters took home an arm full of awards during the team’s first trip to Southeast Regionals, held at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn., from Feb. 28 to March 1.

The Bears won second place in the overall competition. The team also won second place in the Open/Varsity Division and made it to the semi-finalists in the Novice Division.

Adam Cohen walked away with the third Top Speaker award in Novice. Jeffrey Fisher won the sixth Top Speaker award in Open and Rebecca Payne was recognized as the seventh Top Speaker in Open.

In its first year in active competition in more than a generation LR defeated schools with far more experienced rosters like the University of Kentucky, Bryan College, Carson-Newman College and Walters State Community College.

This is the LR Debate Team’s first major tournament since the team was reactivated after 23 years of inactivity.

It was a team-building year during which the focus was on learning the fundamentals of debate and holding a series of on-campus debates. The team grew in number and skill as they prepared for their first year on intercollegiate competition since 1990.

From here it’s on to three more tournaments as LR continues its historic run:

Novice Nationals in Dekalb, Il.: March 14-16

Pi Kappa Delta Nationals in Indianapolis, In.: March 21-23

International Public Debate Association (IPDA) Nationals in Murfreesboro, Tn.: April 10-13

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