HHS hosts national speech and debate invitational

HHS hosts national speech and debate invitational

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg High School is hosting the 28th annual Hub City Classic National Speech and Debate Invitational this weekend.

More than 350 students will participate in the event and the student who do well will earn bids to compete for national championships.

HHS forensics teacher Scott Waldrop said he is very proud to be the sponsor of the event.

"Evelyn Gandy, the first Lt. Governor of the state of Mississippi, was the captain of the debate team in the 1960's and this is named after her," Waldrop said. "It's the Evelyn Gandy Sweepstakes Tournament."

The event starts Friday and there will be members from six states, including California, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.

The tournament is the oldest academic tournament of its kind in the state.