Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Statewide debate and speech tournament being hosted by Caddo Magnet HS Thurs, Mar 26 through Sat, Mar 28

Ethan Courtman, Madelyn Gaharan, Caddo Magnet HS debate

The state debate and speech tournament, called the Tournament of Champions 2015, is being hosted by Caddo Magnet HS and Centenary College Thurs, Mar 26 through Sat, Mar 28, says debate teacher Neill Normand.

Volunteer judges are being enrolled at Judges will be given criteria sheets and need not be experienced. “Judging speech and drama events is an entertaining and enlightening experience,” says teacher Robert Trudeau.

“Almost 300 students will compete in a variety of events including original interpretation, policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, original oratory, and extemporaneous speaking, along with many other events. This is a riveting tournament for Louisiana’s best in high school forensics,” said Caddo debater Madelyn Gaharan. Said Normand, “Some 500 visitors to the city will be eating in restaurants and staying in Shreveport hotels.”

Thurs. and Friday mornings’ events will be at Centenary; the afternoon and evening sessions will be in classrooms at CMHS, beginning at 3:45 pm and spanning one hour increments.

Students from some 31 schools are trekking to Shreveport for the event, says Normand.

Above are debaters and tourney assistants Ethan Courtman and Madelyn Gaharan.

See results at the Louisiana High School Speech League site.

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