By LESLEY REED
Tech’s debate team took the state title for the fourth
year in a row at the Louisiana Intercollegiate Forensic Association
Championships at Louisiana State University-Alexandria, which took place last
Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“We really dominated at this debate against the best
teams from across the state,” Trey Gibson, an instructor of speech and director
of debate, said.
Tech’s win-loss record at the LIFA debate was 50-33.
“We had winners across the board, in almost every event,
especially in the individual events,” Gibson said.
Matt LaCaze, a junior political
science major, placed as one of the top two debaters in the state and qualified
to participate in the Interstate Oratory National Debate competition.
“I’m proud of all of my teammates, and it was truly
amazing to watch everyone do their best this weekend,” Kyle O’Neal, a member of
the debate team and a junior speech major, said.
The team took 14 debaters to the LIFA this year, O’Neal
“We’re like a family, we truly love and support one
another, and that makes all the difference,” O’Neal said.
The best may be yet to come, Gibson said.
“I think we’ve sealed the deal for the national debate
team rankings,” Gibson said.
Another big event will take place this weekend.
Debate teams from 12 Louisiana colleges and universities
are scheduled to compete Saturday and Sunday as the Tech debate team hosts its
annual “Hot ‘n Spicy” tournament.
“Many teams from different parts of the state, as well as
Texas, Mississippi and Arkansas will be there, and it’s going to be a blast,”
Courtney McGuffee, a member of the debate team and a
sophomore speech major, said.
The team will be able to take a break from debating while
playing host to other teams from other southern states.
“This is a tournament wherein we do not compete
ourselves, but host other programs,” Gibson said.
The tournament’s name is derived from the event’s main
“McIlhenny’s Tabasco is a big
supporter,” Gibson said. “They make private labels and provide huge bottles of
Tabasco sauce to give out for awards.”
This year’s event is special, Gibson said, because the
team plans to honor several individuals.
“One person we will be honoring [is Tech President] Dr.
Dan Reneau for his wonderful support for the team,”
The tournament is scheduled to take place in Tolliver
Hall. The debate team welcomes Tech students to help with judging.
For more information about times and events, contact
Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org.