The Mendoza Debate Society truly let the good times roll at the 16th annual Mardi Gras Classic tournament at Louisiana State University, winning fifteen awards and honors against top teams in the South and earning the fourth Overall Tournament Sweepstakes Championship of the 2015-16 competition season.
Despite taking a partial squad of only eight debaters, Lee College dominated the Mardi Gras competition by being named Debate Sweepstakes Champions and Top Community College after battling head-to-head with teams from the University of Oklahoma; University of Southern Mississippi; Louisiana State University; LSU-Shreveport; and Prairie View A&M University. It also marked the second consecutive time that LC debaters earned the Overall Tournament Sweepstakes Championship.
The debate duos of Kyle Diamond and Rigo Ruiz and Emmanuel Perez and Josh Lyrock finished as Team Debate Co-Champions, and Diamond was also the Varsity Debate Champion for the tournament. Carley Anderson, in only her second tournament with the Mendoza Debate Society, was named both Junior Varsity Debate Champion and Junior Varsity Debate Speaking Champion. In addition:
- Ruiz earned second-place honors in Varsity Debate Speaking and finished as a Varsity Debate Semifinalist;
- Diamond was fourth place Place in Team Debate Speaking;
- Perez took home second place in Team Debate Speaking;
- Lyrock finished third in Varsity Debate Speaking;
- Cody Buchanan was fourth in Novice Debate Speaking and a Novice Debate Semifinalist; and,
- John Prochazka was a Junior Varsity Semifinalist.
Lee College continues to lengthen its lead in the 2015/2016 IPDA Community College Season Rankings, with the No. 1 IPDA Team Debate duo, No. 1 IPDA Varsity Debater, No. 1 Team IPDA Debate Speaker and the No. 1 IPDA Junior Varsity Debater in the nation. These national rankings are comprised of nearly 200 intercollegiate member programs across 30 states.
Lee College has also been the most prolific two-year college program in the nation since 2013, winning back-to-back IPDA National Community College Championships as well as besting the best programs in the Ivy and Colonial Leagues in the 2015 James Madison Cup Debates.
The Mendoza Debate Society will return to competition Feb. 19-21, 2016, at Bossier Parish Community College’s “Eddy Shell Invitational” in Bossier City, La. To close out the season, Lee College will host the International Public Debate Association National Championship Tournament in April 2016. For more information, contact Director of Forensics Joe Ganakos at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 281.425-6502.