Texas Southern University's Debate Team Wins 2019 HBCU National Speech and Debate Championship

Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2019

TSU Debate Team Group Photo 2019

Texas Southern University’s Debate Team continues its reign as champions. The team recently participated in the 2019 HBCU National Speech and Debate Championship hosted at Tennessee State University, in Nashville, TN, bringing home 45 trophies and claiming eight first-place titles. Top honors include being the overall tournament champions and winning first place in Debate.

“We are so proud of the students, as well as the faculty and staff, who work so hard to help them prepare and excel in competition and in life,” said TSU President Austin A. Lane.

“They are an excellent representation of the type of students Texas Southern University produces,” said Lane, “The TSU community is behind them one hundred percent and look forward to their future success.”

First place winners Include:

  • After Dinner Speaking- Antrechelle Dorsey
  • Dramatic Interp- Durmerrick Ross
  • Impromptu Speaking- Nahab Fahnbulleh
  • Prose Interpretation- Antrechelle Dorsey
  • Slam Poetry- Durmerrick Ross
  • IPDA Speaker Points- Antrechelle Dorsey

“Winning the Championship for two consecutive years means so much to me because it makes us all TSU Proud and it makes Dr. Freeman so excited that the team continues to do well during his 70th year as Founder of the team,” said TSU Debate Team head coach Gloria Batiste- Roberts.

During Spring Break week, the Debate Team will head to Berlin, Germany, to defend its International title as overall sweepstakes winners and 2018 International Forensics Associations Champions – Harry Strine Award. The 29th Annual International Forensics Tournament takes place March 10-12.

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Last updated: 03/18/2019