LSU Mixon Lycaeum Speech and Debate Team Dominates National Tournaments


2017 LSU Mixon Lycaeum Speech and Debate Team

The LSU Mixon Lycaeum Speech and Debate Team –Alex Radar, Russell Wilder, Tanishq S. Goribidanur and Dena Winegeart – at the 2016 Crimson Classic Tournament in Alabama in October 2016.Photo: Mixon Lycaeum Speech and Debate Team

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Mixon Lycaeum Speech and Debate Team recently completed their 2016-2017 tournament schedule, which included a first place win among Division 1 schools at the Novice Nationals Speech and Debate Tournament at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida.  The team also placed in the IPDA Debate Nationals in Russellville, Arkansas. Both competitions featured forensic competitors from across the country, including the University of Alabama, Bowling Green State University, Morehouse College, Butler University, LSU-Shreveport, and LSU-Alexandria.  


At Novice Nationals in Pensacola, Florida, the LSU Speech and Debate team won fifth place in the overall team sweepstakes and earned three national titles including, Top Champions in Impromptu Speaking, Impromptu Sales, and Slam Poetry. “I felt like Novice Nationals was a really great, competitive experience. It was a pleasure to meet students from across the country and bond more with my teammates in Pensacola,” said Dena Winegart, the champion in Impromptu Speaking and Sales. Winegeart also finished as the 10th place speaker in the Jr. Varsity division of IPDA Nationals.  “At Novice Nationals I got to see some extremely talented debaters and speakers.  I had the opportunity to take notes on their styles and presentations. I gained a lot from attending. I felt like the Novice Nationals experience inspired me to challenge myself and be willing to try new things,” said Jazmyne Smith, Slam Poetry champion.

Russel Wilder brought home a third place win in Sports Communication. Students also had a very successful competition in International Public Debate. Wilder was able to compete in final rounds finishing as an octo-finalists.  When asked about the competition, Wilder noted, “I love this team, first and foremost. This past weekend we brought the heat at nationals and came out glorious.” The team won first place within Division 1 schools.



About the LSU Mixon Lycaeum Speech and Debate Team
The LSU Mixon Lycaeum Speech and Debate team boast a proud tradition of cutting-edge performances, elite debate, and professional development within the world of intercollegiate competitive Forensics. Supported through the generous donations of the Brown Foundation and esteemed alumnus Edwin K. Hunter, the Speech and Debate Team is always interested in new members. Please contact Director of Forensics Joquina Reed at for more information.


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Director of the LSU Mixon Lycaeum Speech and Debate Team