Speech and Debate team competes at Southern Forensic Championship


Northwestern State University’s Speech and Debate team competed in the Southern Forensic Championships at the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University Jan. 27-29.

Results are as follows:

Novice Jessica Hooten of Fort Polk went 5-1 and finished as double octofinalist.

Novice Alice Wilson of Ball went 4-2 in her first tournament and finished as double octofinalist.

Junior Varsity Debater Drew Chesher of Anacoco went 5-1. Chesher also won Speaker Champion in JV for the state of Louisiana and was named the Overall JV Champion for the state of Louisiana, as well as finishing as a quarter finalist in Individual Debate.

Hannah Morris of Haughton was ranked 8th Speaker in the Varsity Division.

NSU alumna Anne Marie Chesher judged 13 debates.

The team was accompanied by coach and sponsor Dr. Davina McClain.

The Southern Forensics Championship Board voted to provide certificates in lieu of many of the individual trophies and instead to make a $2,000 donation from all competing schools to St Jude’s in the name of Louisiana State University-Shreveport Debate Coach Trey Gibson and his daughter Emilie, who has been diagnosed with DIPG, an aggressive cancer of the brain stem. SFC also raised funds and items for students at William Carey University, which was devastated by a tornado two weeks ago, and competed in the tournament.