JACKSON, Tenn. – Feb. 19, 2009– Union University’s debate team won first place in Debate Sweepstakes at the Mardi Gras Classic Feb. 13-14 in Baton Rouge, La.
Hosted by Louisiana State University, the tournament featured 18 teams.
In addition to the team’s victory, Union debaters captured the top three speaker awards in Novice Public Debate. Betsy Davis won first place, while Emily Welborn took second and Andrew Roberts finished in third place.
Davis and Bethany Hogg each advanced to the quarterfinals in novice Public Debate, while Kate Conkling, Roberts, Kristin Tisdale, Welborn and Mandisa Wofford advanced past the preliminary round. In addition, Ben Fulton advanced to the quarterfinals in Varsity Public Debate.