Drury Debate excels at the Red River Swing Tournament
The Drury Debate Union drove 11 people ten and half hours to Shreveport, Louisiana to compete at the Red River Swing Tournament. With nearly 12 hours per day of debating, Drury came back with several accolades.
Lindsay Duede came home winning top speaker in team debate while also placing second at the tournament with Austin Cassity. They went 7-1 together with the only loss coming in the final round of the tournament. Austin Cassity describes,”The first thing we did was make an awesome team name called LDAC ATTACK. I believe that we immediately built a comradery built on positive thinking and having fun… and we have so much potential, a freshman (Lindsay) and a novice (Austin) making it to finals just shows how much Drury can grow in debate.”
In varsity individual debate, Lindsay and Emily Collier both broke to octa-finals where Emily advanced even further to the semi-finals. In novice category, Kris Rose and Ayesha Nagi also exceeded expectations. Ayesha and Kris both broke to double octa-finals then Kris advanced to octa-finals. This was Kris’ first tournament and Ayesha’s second tournament. Ayesha is a foreign student from Pakistan who describes, “I think
I have done really well for myself. Where I come from, it makes it difficult to debate American based topics… I love the Debate Union, it’s like a family. Everyone has their own unique personalities that when put together is really great.”
All in all this was an excellent tournament for the Debate Union. This was the biggest tournament the Debate Union has participated in with over a dozen schools being represented from as far out as California. They experienced success and will experience more success and have more stories with more tournaments.