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Tech to host speech and debate tournament this weekend

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Several members of Tennessee Tech's speech and debate team such as (from left) Colin Lafever, Sarah Stansbury, Jacob Metz, Derrick Sarmiento, Madison Davis, Gavin Dies, Amanda Smith, and Abby Norsworthy brought home awards at the Hub City Swing Tournament at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Published Thursday Oct 11, 2018

Hot on the heels of winning nearly 40 awards at the first competition of the season, the Tennessee Tech Speech and Debate Team is looking forward to hosting its first tournament.

The International Public Debate Association will hold the Golden Eagle Speak Up Swing Tournament this weekend, Oct. 12-14, in the Roaden University Center.

“The nice thing is that we’ll be sleeping in our own beds, but we’re also doing more prepping,” said Jacob Metz, assistant coach and communications studies instructor. “The familiarity (of being home) will be nice.”

Tennessee Tech’s 13-member team will be welcoming teams from other universities in Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Mississippi and Arkansas.

A total of 15 teams will be present at this weekend’s tournament.

The public is welcome to attend and observe the tournament.

The first tournament of the season was the Hub City Swing Tournament at the University of Southern Mississippi, held Sept. 28-30.

The team came home with a total of 37 individual awards and six team awards. Of those 37 awards, there were three first place awards distributed.

“It took about a month to prepare for this one,” Metz said. “We practice twice a week and also hold one-on-one meetings once a week.”

The topics are on any subject, from politics to national and international current events. Debates can be held on practically any subject, depending on the format.

National champion Madison Davis, a political science and journalism major, took first place in her division, while sociology major Amanda Smith was named the top speaker in her division and mechanical engineering major Gavin Dies brought home first place in editorial impromptu speaking.

Dies, Smith and Abby Norsworthy brought in individual awards for excellence across multiple events and the team won six second and third place awards.

The season will wrap up in April at the national championship and convention in Louisiana.

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