Nov. 11, 2005
ULM Debate Team Wins in Arkansas
To: News Directors and News Editors
From: Veronika Avery, Director of Media Relations, 342-5444,
The University of Louisiana at Monroe's
Speech and Debate Forum began its 2005-2006 season with a tournament
victory at the University of Arkansas-Monticello Invitational
Debate Tournament. ULM's performance was capped when mass communications
junior Marcus Beckwith earned a unanimous decision over in-state
rival Louisiana Tech's representative in the championship round
of the tournament competition. The tournament, hosted by the
University of Arkansas at Monticello, was held in Monticello,
Ark., on October 8-9 and featured more than 100 students representing
eleven universities from four states.
The team was led by Marcus Beckwith, who earned honors as the
4th ranked speaker in the tournament preliminary rounds as well
as the tournament championship. Dena Boone finished as the 5th
ranked speaker in preliminary rounds and advanced to the semi-final
round of competition. Hannah Hammons and Amy Wilson each advanced
to the octo-final rounds of the tournament.
Head coach Bob Alexander said "This team continues to amaze
me. Once again, we were significantly out-numbered by the quantity
of students that other universities sent to the competition,
but our group didn't let that intimidate them, and the result
was another tournament championship. I think this sets the tone
for our season. We lost a few key members of the team to graduation
last year, but the returning students have stepped in to fill
the gaps, and our new team members are progressing rapidly. This
is truly a combination of unique and talented individuals."
The team will now prepare for competition at the University of
Houston, LSU-Shreveport, and Mississippi College to continue
the fall semester of competition.
The ULM Speech and Debate Forum is open to any student, and no
prior experience is required. For more information, please contact
Bob Alexander at 318-342-1462.
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