(Indianapolis, IN) – The novice members of the Lafayette Speech and Debate team had the opportunity to attend an in-person tournament.  After two years of competing online some members of the team have never had the opportunity to travel to a tournament.  Fortunately for our excellent group of novices, they were able to travel to Indianapolis for the Novice National Tournament.  Not only was the trip incredible, but these novices had some GREAT results and a Novice National Champion!

Image Patterson finished 3rd in DI, 2nd in Slam Poetry, and was the TOURNAMENT CHAMPION IN POETRY!
Angela Busheska finished 3rd in ADS and 2nd in Persuasion
James Hixenbaugh finished 3rd in Impromptu Sales and 2nd in Impromptu
Dan Tierney finished 5th in Impromptu
Amira Figueroa Urrutia finished 4th in Impromptu

Combined, these results were enough for Lafayette to be crowned Division 2 Novice National Champions!!!

Congratulations to our novices on an incredible tournament and we can’t wait to see what else they are capable of at the Pennsylvania State Tournament and the NFA Championship Tournament in April!