HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Thirty-three high schools from five different states across the country came out to the Hub City Classic 3-day event, and took part in several debate competitions at Hattiesburg High School.
"The Hub City Classic is one of the oldest speech and debate tournaments in the south," said Hattiesburg High School Director of Forensics, Scott Waldrop. "Evelyn Gandy, former Lieutenant Governor of the State of Mississippi was the debate captain of Hattiesburg High, so there's a rich history, tradition of speech and debate in the district."
As the largest academic event in the Lamar County School District, more than 400 students competed in different events like congressional debate, acting and platform.
"I love Hub City Classic because speech and debate has done a lot for me," said Hattiesburg High debate student, Paris McClendon. "It's increased my confidence and my speaking abilities."
Along with the students, hundreds of community judges such as city councilmen and university professors also took part in the tournament as judges.
All students who qualify for semi-finals and finals at the Hub City Classic will qualify for the State Championship Tournament for Mississippi and The National Individual Events Tournament of Championship.