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This item originally appeared in the Oct. 30, 2003, issue of The Tech Talk.


Staff Writer

Tech's debate team swept the University of Louisiana at Monroe Debate Tournament on Oct. 24 through 27 by winning all three sweepstake awards, which are the top prizes awarded at the tournament.

Forty individual awards were won by the 13 Tech debate students who attended the tournament.

Sheldon Clark, captain of the debate team and a junior business management major, said he felt the team may have been a little out of practice.

"Since this was our first tournament, we all felt a little bit rusty, but I still had confidence in our team," Clark said.

Clark won six awards in the tournament, including the Pentathlon Award, an award given to the overall top scorer, and made it to the quarterfinals in an individual debate.

In addition to Clark, Elizabeth Clement, a sophomore speech and history double major, and Racheal Evans, a senior English major, also made it to the quarterfinals. Clement also received second place in after-dinner speaking and top novice. Kris Lucas, a freshman political science major, placed third in the after-dinner speaking competition.

Three other students made it to the semifinals in individual debates: Lynsie Fielder, a junior speech major; Michael Melcher, a senior physics major; and Jeremy Drost, a freshman mechanical engineering major.

In the informative speech, Drost placed first, Melcher placed second and Michelli McKnight, a sophomore political science major, placed third. Fielder placed second in the impromptu division.

Other top winners were Caleb Smith, a freshman business major, who won second in the prose competition, and Megan Smith, a senior journalism major, who won third in the persuasive competition. Smith was also named the top novice.

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