This fall semester, Texas A&M University-Kingsville welcomes its new debate team coach, Lana McDonnell from San Antonio, Texas.
The debate team is taking on quite a bit of competition this year within their tour- nament schedule. TAMUK is considered to be the underdog in majority of their tourna- ments.
They compete against some of the state’s biggest schools, such as the University of Texas in Austin and Texas A&M Universi- ty-College Station.
Terrence Dewitt, one of the team’s re- turning members, is coming back strong and ready to hit the ground running this season. He will be one of the team’s leaders and is planning to do more than exceptional.
Lue, team captain of this year as well as last years debate team says, “My expecta- tions for her [McDonnel] is to keep us mo- tivated. Last year, we did a pretty good job with the speech and debate coach by staying
motivated and positive throughout… even when we were knocked down and hit by the powerhouse schools.
As far as expectations Lue has for him- self, I would like to think my objective is to just help the new members out with what- ever they need. Since, I do have high school and college experience with speech and debate, my objective is to offer my help and input.”
It’s great to see that Lue is being positive about this year. He is not the only one think- ing that way. Others seem to be on the same page. Coach McDonnell says, “We need
to get well established, and have a strong foundation. We need to make finals regular- ly, and from the beginning. Also, we need to qualify for nationals sooner than later. Every time we go out that’s what we are going to try for!”
TAMUK’s speech and debate team have positive mindsets for this year. Their first tournament will be
September 16, 2016 at San Marcus State against the University of Austin. Keep an eye out for them as they approach the platform with confidence.