February 25, 2018  

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Forensics Society Wins Awards at Red River Swing Tournament

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Southern Miss students competing at the recent Red River Swing Tournament at LSU-Shreveport include, from left, Kianna Mitchell, Austin Allen, Lakelyn Taylor, Nekeshia Ellis, Joshua Von Herrmann, Rachael Reeves, Mary Beth Wolverton, Taylor Sandridge.

The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society recently competed in the Red River Swing Tournament (two tournaments in one weekend) at Louisiana State University – Shreveport. The tournament is 39 years old, and the field of competition included 26 colleges and universities. Eight students represented Southern Miss at the tournament. 

The team ranked fifth in Overall Swing Sweepstakes for debate and individual events for both halves of the swing, finishing ahead of University of Louisiana-Lafayette, University of Central Arkansas, Tennessee State University and Cameron University, among others.

Austin Allen, a sophomore from Pascagoula, Miss., won first and second in Communication Analysis, respectively.

Rachael Reeves, a freshman from Monticello, Miss., received sixth in Communication Analysis during the second half of the swing.

Lakelyn Taylor, a freshman from Long Beach, Miss., was awarded Top Novice in Informative Speaking during both halves. Taylor also was awarded fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking during the first half of the swing.

Joshua Von Herrmann, a junior from Hattiesburg, won second in Extemporaneous Speaking during the first half.  In debate, Von Herrmann was a quarterfinalist and fourth place speaker in Varsity IPDA debate out of 48 students competing.

Mary Beth Wolverton, a junior from Hattiesburg, was an octofinalist and fifth place speaker in Novice IPDA debate out of 77 students competing.

Other students contributing at the tournament were Nekeshia Ellis, Kianna Mitchell, and Taylor Sandridge.