Bryan’s debate team took second place in the sweepstakes competition during the recent All Tennessee debate tournament at Tennessee State University, amassing the second-highest point total in the competition.
In winning that honor, the Bryan team of Paul Shanks and Jandi Heagen advanced to the semi-final round of the novice division. In the varsity division Tori Stewart and Lawrence LaPlue finished as runner-up and Eric McEachron and Brittany McGehee reached the quarter-final round.
The team also received points for Tori Stewart’s first-place ranking in the individual speaking evaluation, and Brittany McGehee’s fourth-place ranking.
Earlier in February the debate team participated in the Little Brown Jug Tournament at East Tennessee State University, where Lawrence was presented the first-place speaker award.
Lawrence said the team plans to enter two more tournaments this spring, the National Christian College Invitational at Belmont University and a tournament at Northeastern State Technical Community College in Blountville, Tenn.