February 25, 2020 (Tuesday)The Mississippi State University Speech and Debate Council found success again this weekend. The team competed in the 12th Annual Eddy Shell Invitational Tournament hosted by Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, LA.
In the individual speaking events portion of the tournament, Mia Robertson won first place for her persuasive speech. She also won third place in extemporaneous speaking, with Tyler Melvin coming in fifth place. In the debate portion of the tournament, Josh McCoy finished as a double-octofinalist in varsity, while Amanda Kronenberger (novice), Nirmal Bhatt (junior varsity), Tyler Melvin (junior varsity), and Luke Acuff (varsity) finished as octofinalists. Tyler also won the 4th place speaker award in his division. Alicia Brown finished as a quarterfinalist in the varsity division, while Mia Robertson finished on top of the field of 54 competitors in the junior varsity division. Josh McCoy and Alicia Brown also paired up for partner debate, and finished as quarter-finalists.
Out of 30 participating schools, the MSU squad earned 3rd place in individual events, 4th place in debate, and 4th place overall.