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Student wins two national debate awards

Student wins two national debate awards

Davante LewisDavante Lewis, a Lake Charles sophomore at McNeese State University, is the newest speech and debate national champion on campus.
Lewis won two national championship speaker awards in Public Forum Debate and in Student Congress - students had to debate current national issues in this category - at the recent National Comprehensive Tournament hosted by Pi Kappa Delta in Kansas City, Kan.

"It's remarkable to bring home one national title, but bringing home two is really outstanding. I am proud of Davante," said Andy Luster, McNeese assistant director of forensics.

McNeese finished 19th out of 68 schools participating in the tournament. Pi Kappa Delta is the nation's largest and oldest honorary forensics fraternity and the national tournament is one of the oldest.
Davante also placed fourth in Forensics Criticism, fifth in Dramatic Interpretation and was an excellent speaker in Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speaking.

Senior Joseph LeJuine, of Hackberry, was the 10th place speaker in Parliamentary Debate and senior Zack Locke, of Kansas City, Kan., was a semifinalist in Poetry Interpretation. Junior Kevin Darling, of Silsbee, Texas, was a quarterfinalist in Program of Oral Interpretation and an excellent speaker in Dramatic Interpretation.

Junior Terence Delaine, of Sulphur, was the eighth place speaker in Public Forum Debate and sophomore Alex Reinauer, of Lake Charles, was a semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation. Freshmen A'renica Mumford, Lake Charles, Morgan Authement, Hayes, Cyrus Vidrine, Elton, and Senior Charles Sullivan, Lake Charles, also participated.

Lewis, LeJuine and Locke will now compete in the National Forensics Association National Tournament in April in Athens, Ohio.
"I am very happy with the success we had this year and I very much look forward to what this team can do in the future," said Luster. "We have a young group, but there is a lot of talent there. The future looks bright for McNeese Speech and Debate."