February 18, 2018  

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Southern Miss Forensics Society Wins Big in Louisiana and Mississippi

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The Forensics Society at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Forensics Society at The University of Southern Mississippi recently competed at The University of Louisiana-Lafayette’s Swing on the Swamp debate event Sept. 12-15. Swing on the Swamp included two tournaments. The field of competition included 10 colleges and universities from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

Nine students represented Southern Miss at the tournament. The team ranked fourth in Overall Sweepstakes, finishing ahead of Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas A&M University and others. In the individual events competition, Southern Miss placed fourth, and in debate competition, the team placed second.

Austin Allen placed second in Communication Analysis during both of the tournaments. Allen and his Duo Interpretation partner, Brandon Hersey, placed third for both tournaments.

Hersey received the second place debate speaker award. Hersey and his debate partner, Joshua Von Herrmann, placed second in open parliamentary debate. During the first tournament, Hersey placed second in Impromptu Speaking and fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking. In the second tournament, he placed first in Impromptu and second in Extemporaneous. Hersey also received fourth place in Individual Sweepstakes.

Taylor Sandridge placed sixth in Prose Interpretation during the first tournament. Lena Schexnayer received awards for sixth place and seventh place respectively in Poetry Interpretation.

Lakelyn Taylor and Rachael Reeves won the Novice Parliamentary Debate division. Lakelyn Taylor was also Top Speaker in debate, and in both tournaments, placed fifth and was named Top Novice in Informative Speaking.

Herrmann, in addition to his debate success, placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking during the first tournament and fourth during the second. Mary Beth Wolverton ranked fifth in Poetry Interpretation and fourth in Program of Oral Interpretation during the first tournament. In the second tournament, Wolverton placed sixth in both events.

Members of the team will be traveling to San Jacinto College in Houston to compete in the Bayou City Swing during Oct. 18-20.

Southern Miss students are also currently preparing to represent the university at the World Debate Tournament held this year in India. Department of Communication Studies faculty member Steven Venette is one of the advisors for the team. He noted that “receiving an invitation to attend the world championship is a great honor; we must work diligently to prepare so that we can represent the college and university to the best of our abilities.”

Students of the Forensics Society attended the Southern Debate Institute for World University Debating Championship (WUDC) format at the University of Mississippi August 30 through Sept. 1. The students were introduced to the WUDC format in preparation for competition at the 2014 World University Debating Championship in Chennai, India. Students Michael Sims and Brandon Hersey have been chosen to represent Southern Miss at this prestigious tournament.

After several workshops, Sims and Hersey competed as a team in rounds where they were ranked first, second and fourth. Austin Allen also attended the workshop. Southern Miss students competed with students from other colleges and universities that have attended the World competition in the past.   

For more information, contact Director of Forensics Frankie Glennis-Watts in the Department of Communication Studies.