Mason Blesi, junior business student from Atoka, has won several awards with Tennessee Tech University’s speech and debate team.
At the Buccaneer Parli Plunder Debate Tournament, Blesi won second place in the team open NPDA debate and won the second place speaker award in the open NPDA debate. The team’s coach Graham Kash, TTU communication professor, was given the Graham Kash Service Award. The tournament was April 5 at Eastern Tennessee Sate University’s Kingsport campus.
At the Tennessee Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament, Blesi was the state championship in open debate and won the second place speaker award in open debate. The university team won third in the debate sweepstakes. The tournament was held March 29-30 at Middle Tennessee State University.
At the Ruby C. Krider and Alumni Open Tournaments, Blesi won second place in open debate, the seventh place speaker award in open debate and fifth in varsity impromptu speaking. The TTU team also won first in debate sweepstakes, and won the third small team individual events both days of the tournament, which was Feb. 7-9 at Murray State University.
At the Transylvania WYRD Tournament, Blesi was a quarterfinalist in the open debate competition. He also won fourth place in impromptu speaking, fifth place in impromptu counseling and second place in impromptu storytelling. The university team placed fifth in the sweepstakes award. The tournament was Jan. 24-25 at Transylvania University.