Debate Union Spotlight: Jerrica Shine

Debate Union Spotlight: Jerrica Shine
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Jerrica and her partner, Mallory Pinson, pose for a quick picture at the University of Southern Mississippi.

This weekend we spoke with Jerrica Shine. Jerrica is the Vice President of Public Relations for the Debate Union. She’s a freshman, and has seen a huge amount of success at the tournaments that she has attended. We asked her to share her thoughts about the Debate Union and its coach, Charles Deberry.

Who are you and where are you from?

Jerrica Shine from Springfield, Missouri.

How long have you been debating, and what drove you to join the Drury Debate Union?

I’ve been debating since my freshman year of high school, so 5 years. And I wanted to join the program because Speech and Debate in high school impacted my life so much that I wanted to continue as long as I could.

What would you say is the club’s biggest highlight this semester?

The biggest highlight of the semester was going out to the first tournament and placing third in sweepstakes and everyone being able to walk away with a trophy in hand.

What is your biggest highlight this semester?

My biggest highlight was beating half of the TIPDA national champion team.

Coach and debater share a joke in between rounds.

Coach and debater share a joke in between rounds.

How would you describe the Drury Debate Union? What is it like?

The debate union could be described as the weirdest collection of strangers making up the most dysfunctional and passionate family around. It is like being put in a room with people you don’t know and then 10 minutes later feeling like you’ve known them for years.

What would you say to donors out there?

Coming from someone who is a product of the institution on high school and collegiate debate, I can say that this is one of the most beneficial programs I have ever been involved in. It teaches us skills that we can use anywhere. Beyond the skills, it brings people together that otherwise would not have met. Investing in the program would prove wise and you would be really surprised how far a little bit of money can go. It boosts the morale of the team and that just makes the team perform better.

What would you say to potential students looking to join the debate union?

It is like nothing you have ever done before. You go to new places and meet new people. There are bumps in the road, but those are to be expected. Even if you have never debated before, it is not hard to have fun and be successful. And Charles Deberry is one of the funniest men you will ever meet, and he is a wonderful coach, don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet him and the interesting and fun people in debate. 

What is something that surprised you about the Drury Debate Union?

I was surprised to see how quickly we all learned to get along and how different the dynamic became once we started working together. 

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