The Trent Lott Leadership Institute and Rebel Debate hosted the 2015 University of Mississippi High School Debate Tournament. For two days, 19 high schools from Mississippi and Alabama competed in multiple forms of speech and debate.
“Part of what we do at the Lott Leadership Institute is provide opportunities for high school students to engage in the development of tactile communications skills and negotiation skills,” said Grant Bebe, undergraduate assistant for the Trent Lott Leadership Institute and student director of Rebel Debate. “We want to equip today’s leaders to emerge to provide talent for tomorrow, and so, the high school tournament is the premiere opportunity, in my mind, for developing those skills for high school students in the state of Mississippi.”
In addition, the tournament served as a state qualifying competition. Students placing first and second in individual forensics events are now eligible to compete at the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in Denver, Colorado in May 2016.