This past weekend, the ATU Debate and Forensics team competed in their third and final tournament of the semester, the “Red River Swing” tournament hosted by Louisiana State University at Shreveport (LSUS). The ATU debaters competed in four divisions of the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) debate: team debate, individual novice debate, individual junior varsity debate, and individual varsity debate.
The team won five awards overall at LSUS. They brought home their first team-wide trophy of the season, taking second place in the debate sweepstakes competition. In addition to the team- wide award, Micheal O’Brien tied for the 5th place speaker in team IPDA debate and won the 4th place speaker in the junior varsity division of individual IPDA. Both Michael O’Brien and George Wewer III also broke into out-rounds in the junior varsity division of individual IPDA, placing as octafinalists.
Seven debaters traveled to and com- peted in this tournament. In the varsity division, Faith Brown represented ATU. Three ATU students competed in the junior varsity division: Michael O’Brien, George Wewer III, and Matthew “Stone” Stevens. The novice division had three ATU debaters: Moses Farid, Tyler John- son, and Kyle Russell. The ATU team IPDA debate squad consisted of three teams: Michael O’Brien & Kyle Russell, George Wewer III & Stone Stevens, and Tyler Johnson & Faith Brown. ATU student Daniel Aleman also traveled with the team to serve as a volunteer judge.
The ATU debate team will travel to its next tournament at John Brown University early in the spring semester. The team has a very active tournament schedule this coming spring; they will participate in five regular season tournaments, and they will serve as hosts for the 20th Annual IPDA National Tournament and Convention.
Anyone interested in further infor- mation about the ATU Debate and Forensics team may contact Dr. Gabriel Adkins, Associate Professor of Communication and Director of Debate and Forensics at firstname.lastname@example.org.