LSU Shreveport Debate Team

LSU Shreveport has a proud history of success in debate. In the last decade the team has won more than 3 dozen national championship titles in the IPDA.

Ever since its founding, the team has had a proud history of successful competition in local, regional and national tournaments. The team is made up of individuals who come from a variety of backgrounds and majors. Anyone who has an interest in BUSINESS, LAW, SPEECH, PUBLIC RELATIONS, or POLITICS should actively pursue a collegiate career in debate for preparation for their real world ambitions. Debate and Forensics can truly help make anyone a leader in their field.

Operating as usual

04/16/2021
04/12/2021

The 2021 IPDA National Championship has come to a close. We are overjoyed to announce that out of 62 Colleges spanning 24 states, and more than 300 total competitors, your LSUS Pilot Debate team has placed SECOND in the nation overall for this year's tournament!!! Your Pilots worked hard over five total days worth of competition.

Additionally, Freshman Jewel Thomas finished the novice division as an Octo-Finalist out of 100 competitors. As well as placing fourth in speaking for the tournament.

With 94 competitors in the Varsity Division, senior Ethan Arbuckle placed ninth overall in speaking. Senior Dominick Mercer finished as an Octo-Finalist.

In the Professional Division, Graduate Assistant Leia Smith and MBA student J.J Thompson both finished the tournament as Semi-Finalists. Additionally, graduate student Matthew Gedeon finished the tournament as an Octo-Finalist.

Your Pilots also finished the season long rankings as the fourth place overall team for the entire year. This year's field included 150 programs and more than 1,000 competitors over the course of the entire season.

Thank you to the IPDA Executive Committee for hosting such a wonderful tournament. Thank you to all of the amazing support that the team has gotten over the course of the year- from amazing community volunteers, to the Administration here at LSUS, the Facility Services that kept the building sanitized during a pandemic, the LSUS police who kept us safe during crazy weather, and the entire LSUS community. All together the community allowed these students to compete all year and succeed in and out of debate rounds.

Mask taken off only for the outdoor picture.

#GOPILOT #PILOTDEBATE

The 2021 IPDA National Championship has come to a close. We are overjoyed to announce that out of 62 Colleges spanning 24 states, and more than 300 total competitors, your LSUS Pilot Debate team has placed SECOND in the nation overall for this year's tournament!!! Your Pilots worked hard over five total days worth of competition.

Additionally, Freshman Jewel Thomas finished the novice division as an Octo-Finalist out of 100 competitors. As well as placing fourth in speaking for the tournament.

With 94 competitors in the Varsity Division, senior Ethan Arbuckle placed ninth overall in speaking. Senior Dominick Mercer finished as an Octo-Finalist.

In the Professional Division, Graduate Assistant Leia Smith and MBA student J.J Thompson both finished the tournament as Semi-Finalists. Additionally, graduate student Matthew Gedeon finished the tournament as an Octo-Finalist.

Your Pilots also finished the season long rankings as the fourth place overall team for the entire year. This year's field included 150 programs and more than 1,000 competitors over the course of the entire season.

Thank you to the IPDA Executive Committee for hosting such a wonderful tournament. Thank you to all of the amazing support that the team has gotten over the course of the year- from amazing community volunteers, to the Administration here at LSUS, the Facility Services that kept the building sanitized during a pandemic, the LSUS police who kept us safe during crazy weather, and the entire LSUS community. All together the community allowed these students to compete all year and succeed in and out of debate rounds.

Mask taken off only for the outdoor picture.

#GOPILOT #PILOTDEBATE

2021 IPDA National Championship Award Ceremony 04/11/2021

2021 IPDA National Championship Award Ceremony

Tune in for the virtual #IPDA Nationals award ceremony!

2021 IPDA National Championship Award Ceremony

[04/11/21]   We’ve had an amazing day at #IPDA Nationals! Your pilots broke five of the 12 competitors!

Novice competitor Jewel Thomas, Varsity competitor Dominick Mercer, and Professional competitors Matthew Gedeon, JJ Thompson, and Leia Smith will be advancing to out rounds! Tune in tomorrow for elimination round results! #GoPilots

[03/15/21]   A big thank you to LSUS and LSUS Debate team Alumni Juliana Parks, and Langley Parks, LLC for their donation to the LSUS Just Keep Swimming Charity Debate tournament. Thank you for helping us to fight against pediatric cancer.

We are excited for the tournament this weekend. It is not too late to join the LSUS Debate Team, Langley Parks, The Noel Foundation, the Fight Like Emilie Foundation and the many wonderful participants in this weekends event. No donation is too small. No matter which team wins the championship this weekend, a child will be the true winner.

Thank you again to all of our wonderful friends who have already joined this fight.

[03/01/21]   The LSUS Debate Team and the James Smith Noel Foundation are pleased to announce the first annual LSUS "Just Keep Swimming" Team IPDA and Charity Debate Tournament on March 19th - 21st. This unique tournament will help to raise funds that will be donated to the fight against childhood cancer. Current and past debaters are encouraged to sign up for this event. Currently we have entries dating back to the founding of IPDA. We hope that all debaters will take part in this event. Competitors and judges are always welcome and needed.

Entry fees, donations, and sponsorships for the Charity Debate will go directly to the childhood cancer foundation of the championship teams choice. All teams are encouraged to raise additional funds to help support this wonderful cause. In addition to the generous donation made by the Noel Foundation, one team has already raised in excess of $2,000 dollars. We think that number can be beat! The Fight Like Emilie Foundation will be honoring the team that raises the most money with an award.

No matter who wins this tournament or any individual rounds, during this weekend anytime you debate A CHILDHOOD CANCER WARRIOR IS THE WINNER. Please join us in spreading the word about this event. We are so very excited!

[02/21/21]   Today the LSUS Pilot debate team finished the annual Eddy Shell Invitational hosted by our friends at Bossier Parish Community College. It was another wildly successful weekend. Pilot debaters pushed through electric, water, and internet issues to finish in 2nd place overall for the tournament.

The team of Dom Mercer and Ethan Arbuckle placed second in team debate.

Novice debater Jewel Thomas advanced to her first ever elimation rounds and finished as this years novice division champion.

Dom Mercer, Matthew Gedeon, and Megan Arbuckle finished as quarterfinalist in the varsity and professional divisions respectively. Former LSUS debate coach Trey Gibson made a guest appearance in the Professional division and made it to finals. Trey finished the tournament in 2nd place.

Thank you to our friends at Bossier Parish Community College for hosting another wonderful tournament. Truly top notch in every way.

GO PILOTS!!

[02/20/21]   Day one of the 13th annual Eddy Shell Invitational hosted by our friends at Bossier Parish Community College. Your LSUS Pilots advanced both of its Team IPDA teams to the elimination rounds. Matthew Coleman and Jewel Thomas finished the day as quarterfinalist, and the team of Ethan Arbuckle and Dom Mercer will compete in the final round tomorrow morning. After that your Pilots will begin individual competition. Show our debaters some love and wish them luck!!!!! Go Pilots!!!!!!!

[01/30/21]   Your LSUS Debate team is at it again, competing in the Southern Forensics Championship Tournament this weekend. The team is off to a good start. We advanced both of our Team IPDA teams to the elimination rounds. The team of Arbuckle and Mercer competed in finals bright and early this morning. Individual debate is currently going. Wish us luck and stay tuned. GO PILOTS!!!!

[01/24/21]   What an amazing weekend virtually competing at University of Southern Mississippi, 3 competitors have made it to semi-finals, 6 competitors won speaker awards, and your LSUS Pilots took first place sweeps! Thank you so much to USM Speech and Debate Team for hosting a fantastic tournament!

#GoPilots #LSUS #Debate #IPDA

12/06/2020

International Public Debate Association

We are joining the International Public Debate Association and teams across the country to support a cause near and dear to our hearts.

We hope you'll join us to support Emilie's Virtual Cafe and the Fight Like Emilie Foundation by #sharing, #donating, designating on #AmazonSmile, and #talking to our friends and families about the amazing work being done.

Join the fight to give more support to children fighting DIPG.
#JustKeepSwimming #DIPGAwareness #Give #Share #Support

With our move to virtual debate tournaments for the season, we're hoping to bring back "Emilie's Cafe" for the 2020/2021 IPDA Season. As most of you are aware, the IPDA committed itself towards raising funds to help find a cure for childhood cancer in memory of Emilie Gibson.

The Fall effort at "Emilie's Virtual Cafe" will run through the end of the calendar year, and will run parallel to our effort to have all of you identify the Fight Like Emilie Foundation via Amazon Smile as we prepare for the holiday season.

Any amount you contribute will be designated towards the Fight Like Emilie Foundation and their efforts to raise awareness and generate support in the ongoing battle against childhood cancers. At the end of the 2020/2021 Season, the Foundation will recognize those who contribute as noted in the "Debate for Life" campaign described on the IPDA website.

As always ... "just keep swimming"!

lsus.edu 10/28/2020

LSU Shreveport Debate Team Overcomes Pandemic Restrictions, Claims Third in First Virtual Competition

http://www.lsus.edu/news-and-events/lsu-shreveport-debate-team-overcomes-pandemic-restrictions-claims-third-in-first-virtual-competition

lsus.edu In its first virtual tournament appearance, the LSU Shreveport Debate Team won third place overall.

[10/25/20]   The LSUS Pilot debate team competed in the first annual Southeast Arkansas Shark Invitational debate tournament this weekend. Your Pilots had a great weekend finishing in third place in the overall sweepstakes race for the tournament !

Competing in her first ever debate tournament novice debater Brittney Harris finished as a quarterfinalist.

In the varsity division Dom Mercer advanced to the elikination rounds and finished as a quarterfinalist. Ethan Arbuckle finished the tournament as the varsity division champion and top speaker.

In the professional division Matthew Gedeon advanced to the semifinal round. While fellow Pilot Leia Smith finished the tournament as the top speaker in the Professional division and Pro division runner-up.

Thank you to Southeast Arkansas for hosting such a great tournament.!!! LSUS will next be hosting its annual Red River Classic in two weeks.

GO PILOTS!!!

[10/05/20]   Over the weekend the LSUS Debate Team competed in the annual Weevil Wars Debate Tournament hosted virtually by the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The team broke an impressive 50% of its members into the the elimination rounds. The team finished in third place in the overall sweepstakes competition for the tournament. This is LSUS's second straight third place finish.

Varsity competitors Matthew Coleman and Ethan Arbuckle finished as Octo-finalists, while Dax Ramgoolam finished the tournament as the Varsity Division Champion.

In the Professional Division, Matthew Gedeon finished the tournament as the fourth place speaker and a semifinalist.

LSUS will next compete at the La Tech Hot and Spicy debate tournament in just a couple of weeks.

GO PILOTS!!!

[09/15/20]   SHREVEPORT, La. – Applications are now available for interested students to join the LSUS Debate Team for its 2020-21 season.

Boasting a variety of awards including national and regional victories, Debate offers students opportunities for growth in professionalism, public speaking, and more. Applicants should have the desire to excel, contribute to a team environment, and learn.

“Debate taught me to be a critical thinker and to challenge my core values and beliefs by looking at multiple sides of an issue,” former debater Megan Arbuckle said. “I gained confidence in public speaking that will continue to help me throughout life. On top of that, debate has provided me with a family and support group that made transferring to LSUS an easy and enjoyable process."

Students are encouraged to be a part of debate because of the opportunities to expand critical skills and exposure to the world.

“Before joining Debate, I was a band-wagon voter,” former debater and national champion Mary Catherin Procell said. “Raised in a small town, I was content going with the flow. Since becoming a debater, not only do I seek unbiased resources, but I passionately make my own decisions. I am now a more educated and active member of society.”

Debate additionally offers experiences that grow curiosity and intuition.

“Debate has changed my life without a doubt,” current debater and team co-captain Ethan Arbuckle said. “Not only has it given me research and presentation skills, but it’s also a community. We work hard to understand and communicate with people we do not agree with, and that understanding is unique.”

For more information on joining the LSUS Debate Team, please contact AJ Edwards at [email protected].

06/05/2020

Anchored Together!!

03/01/2020

Pilot's had a fantastic weekend in Tyler, Texas! Our team has done a fantastic job working together to build cases, craft arguments, and expand their skills. We had more than half of our competitors break to elimination rounds in individual with Mercer and Gedeon winning first place in Team IPDA. We've got Megan Arbuckle, Victoria Silvio, Ethan Arbuckle, MCP, Matthew Gedeon, and Tommy James are in semifinals! Go Pilots!!!!!

Update:

Tommy James is your 2nd place professional division debater.
Matthew Gedeon finished in second place as well in the varsity division.

Victoria Silvio and Megan Arbuckle finished as co-champions of the junior varsity division.

Your LSUS Pilots brought home firsr place for team debate sweepstakes, individual debate sweepstakes and overall tournament sweepstakes.

02/28/2020

Your LSUS Pilots are on the campus of UT Tyler for the second annual tournament of roses. Day one kicks ofd shortly with team debate. Time to get to work. Go Pilots!!

[02/16/20]   The Eddy Shell Invitational hosted by Bossier Parish Community College has come to an end and you Pilots had a pretty good weekend. Novice debater David Issacs finished as a double octofinalist. Varsity debater Mary Catherine Procell was an octofinalist and Matthew Gedeon finished as a quarterfinalist. Varsity debater Dominic Mercer finished as the top speaker in the division as well and the champion of the varsity division. Your Pilots took 2nd place in the debate sweepstakes.

Thank you to our friends at BPCC for hosting an amazing tournament. Now time for some much needed rest!! Go Pilots!!

[02/16/20]   Day two of the Eddy Shell Invitational is in the books. A big thank you to Bossier Parish Community College for hosting such an amazing tournament. The LSUS Pilots will be represented in the elimination rounds in two separate divisions. In novice David Issacs has advanced and in the varsity division Mary Catherine Procell, Mathew Gedeon, and Dominic Mercer have advanced. Wish us luck! GO PILOTS

[02/15/20]   The annual Eddy Shell Invitational is off and running and your LSUS Pilots are off to a good start. The first day included both individual events as well as team ipda competition. Megan Arbuckle advanced to finals in Extemporaneous speaking and olaced 4th overall for the tournament. The teams of Dominic Mercer and Matthew Gedeon as well as their Pilot teammates Ethan Arbuckle and Mary Catherine Procell both advanced to the final round. This means your LSUS Pilots are co-champions of the team debate portion of the tournament. Stay tuned for individual debate tomorrow. GO PILOTS!!!

[02/09/20]   The Joseph J. Cardot invitational has come to an end and your LSUS Pilots are headed back home. The team finished first in the debate sweepstakes award as well as first place overall for the tournament sweepstakes award. Additionally Sabrina Duff finished as a semifinalist in the professional division with her team mate Steve Harkness finishing second in the professional division.

In addition to all of the Pilots debate success, Megan Arbuckle competed in Extemporaneous speaking and finished in second place.
Go Pilots!!

02/09/2020

After an extremely long day of competition the LSUS debate team is celebrating with a family dinner Italian style.

Congrats to junior varsity debater Megan Arbuckle and Victoria Silvio for advancing to the quarter final round. In the varsity division Ethan Arbuckle has also advanced to the quarterfinal round. Finally in the professional division Sabrina Duff, Steve Harkness, and Tommy James have advanced to the quarterfinal round as well.

Congrats to all advancing competitors for the tournament. Lets go Pilots!!!

[02/08/20]   The team of Ethan Arbuckle and Sabrina Suff have advanced to the final round of the team debate portion of the tournament. Wish them luck and lets go Pilots.

02/07/2020

Thankful to be at Abilene Christian University this weekend for the first annual Joseph J. Cardot Forensics Invitational! Of course we had to stop at Buc-ee's because it's Buc-ee's. Wish our TIPDA teams good luck as round one will kick off shortly.

Videos (show all)

Just got to Cardiff University and look where our team is debating!!! Dom has a tiny request of LSU Shreveport Chancello...
The Montgomery Cup team made it to Dublin today and we immediately set out to explore. We discovered Dublin Castle. The ...
Here is a reason for this trip! Ethan and the other LSUS Pilots have read about history. Today they got to touch it. Her...
Dom doesn't waste any time! Notice the push off finish! The stone is pretty high up there!
Pilot debate MCP now has the gift of gab!
Greetings from Cork! Rainy and cold, but that's not stopping this crew!
#LemonFaceChallengeAubreigh's ArmyThe LSU Shreveport Debate Team did the Lemon Face Challenge yesterday challenging all ...
LSU Shreveport debater Hannah Alimajstorovic takes 1st Place Speaker in the novice division at the Louisiana Tech tourna...
LSUS Debate wins the season national championship title for the Professional Division!
Congrats to LSUS debaters Hannah Ross and Julian Lawrence! Both advanced to elimination rounds at the Southern Forensic ...

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1 University Pl
Shreveport, LA
71115

General information

-The team meets for practice 2-3 times per week -We attend 5-7 weekend tournaments per semester -We compete throughout both the Fall and Spring school semesters
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