2018 University of Mississippi Tournament
Dates: 10/12/2018 - 10/13/2018



August 29, 2018

Dear Forensics Community;     


The University of Mississippi Forensics Team within the Trent Lott Leadership Institute  invites you to join us October 12-13 for the Fall 2018 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.  We are pleased have the  NIETC Bid Qualifying Tournament designation. 

Also, we will continue a tradition started last year, and offer the second annual Dr. Barbara Lowe Excellence in Forensics Award.   Congratulations to last year’s recipient, Madison Alliston from Sacred Heart Catholic School, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The award is made 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 Dr. Lowe’s spirit of commitment. 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, October 11, 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.  

Here are some housekeeping notes:
  • Schools may enter up to 7 entries per each Individual Event; 5 entries in Congressional Debate; 5 entries in team and LD debate. We will provide a waiting list will also 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 and coaches 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 this website.   

We look forward to having you here. 





JoAnn Edwards                                                         Debra Yancy  


Director of Forensics                                     Asst. Director of Forensics



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