2017 University of Mississippi Tournament
Dates: 9/29/2017 - 9/30/2017

September 9, 2017 


Dear Forensics Community;  


The University of Mississippi Forensics Team within the Trent Lott Leadership Institute invites you to join us September 29-30 for the Fall 2017 University of Mississippi High School Forensics Tournament hosted by the Trent Lott Leadership Institute and the University of Mississippi Office of Outreach and High School Competitions. 


This year we are pleased and honored to offer the first annual Dr. Barbara Lowe Excellence in Forensics Award.   The award is possible through a generous endowment provided by Mr. Martin Dunagin of Houston, Texas.  Mr. Dunagin is a native Mississippian and University of Mississippi alumnus.  As a high school debater in Mississippi, Mr. Dunagin understands the value of this activity in our state.  Dr. Lowe and Mr. Dunagin were debate partners in High School.  Mr. Dunagin wants to recognize Dr. Lowe's years of dedication, hard work, and overall competitive speech excellence.   We encourage you to nominate those students who exemplify a spirit of commitment and growth in speech and/or debate competition at the high school level.  

  • Each attending school may nominate up to two students for the award.  Students must be a Junior or Senior in at least their second year of competition.  
  • The letter of nomination should be submitted to tournament director, JoAnn Edwards, via email (jedwards@olemiss.edu) by Thursday, September 28, midnight CST.  
  • The letter should be submitted by the team Coach and should not be submitted by a parent or student.  A committee consisting of University faculty and students will select the recipient.  

 Please read the following offerings carefully as there are a few changes:  


DEBATE EVENTS: Policy Debate, Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Varsity Public Forum Debate, Novice Public Forum Debate, and Congressional Debate (on Friday Night). 

FLIGHT A EVENTS: Impromptu, Varsity Prose Interpretation, Novice Prose Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Duet Acting, Program of Oral Interpretation (no expository) 

FLIGHT B EVENTS: Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking, Varsity Poetry Interpretation, Novice Poetry Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, and Informative Speaking (no storytelling). 


In all events schools may enter up to 8 entries per Individual Events5 entries in Congressional Debate; 5 entries in team and LD debate.  A waiting list will also be provided if we can accommodate more entries.  

Students entering Debate may enter only 1 event in Flight A and 2 events in Flight B.  We would like to remind competitors that the distance between buildings on the Ole Miss campus is quite large.  Do not over-extend your abilities to move between the events in a timely manner.  It is the responsibility of the student to make it to the rounds within the time allotted.   

Rules, event descriptions, tournament schedule, contact numbers and addresses, hotel information, and directions to the Ole Miss campus are included on the website.  


We look forward to having you here. 




JoAnn Edwards                                                         Debra Yancy  

Director of Forensics                                     Asst. Director of Forensics

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