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STARKVILLE, Miss.—A student in Mississippi State’s College of Arts and Sciences has won the university’s first individual national championship in debate.
Freshman Mia C. Robertson, a political science major from Starkville, was named overall season-long national champion in her International Public Debate Association division out of 305 qualified debaters from 84 schools. The 2020 IPDA National Championship Tournament and Convention and the organization’s annual Championship Banquet were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the IPDA recently announced the full slate of season-long IPDA National Champions. For more, visit www.ipdadebate.info.
Brett Harvey, MSU’s director of Title IX and EEO Programs who serves as the MSU Speech and Debate Council’s debate coach, said several other MSU debaters finished in the top 10 in their respective divisions. Overall, MSU ranked eighth in the country out of 128 schools, marking the speech and debate council’s highest final ranking in its five years of existence.
“We are extremely grateful to university administrators for their support and glad to bring some deserved accolades home to MSU,” Harvey said.
For more on MSU’s Speech and Debate Council, visit www.comm.msstate.edu/students/speech-debate.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.