The Louisiana College Debate team received first place in its first tournament of the year at Henderson State University.
LC's winning effort included half the team made it to the out rounds, which is the playoff system for the International Public Debate Association.
“It takes a lot of pressure off of ourselves,” Andrew Dufour, LC debate team captain, said. “It puts it toward our opponents showing how strong LC will be this year.”
LC Debate competes with schools all over the southern United States, many of which are larger division I schools. Despite LC having a smaller enrollment, Dufour said it hasn't limited the team from becoming successful.
“It always feels amazing - showing what God can do on such a small campus compared to most of our rival schools,” Dufour said. “Not only are we competing, but we are winning for our school.”
IPDA style of debate is separated into three different categories. Those categories are novice for beginners, varsity for students who have completed ten tournaments and professional division for those who are no longer an undergrad student.
Four novice, Dalton Adger, George Guild, Allie Lindberg and Jeremy Brister made it to the out rounds. Joseph Buzzetta won the varsity tournament, and in the professional division, Zach Veuleman finished second.
“Older members continue to do great, and many new faces are showing that they will be a great addition to our team,” Dufour said.
LC Debate’s next tournament will be Oct. 25-27 at John Brown University near Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Anyone interested in joining LC debate can attend their weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in the Martin Performing Arts Center, room 206.