NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University's forensics team has been named overall national champions and top historically Black colleges and universities speech and debate team for a second straight year.
The HBCU National Speech and Debate Championship was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tennessee State also picked up 10 national championship titles and 54 total awards and had the top overall speaker for the fourth consecutive year, the school said in a news release.
Tennessee State students who placed top in their categories included Maya McClary, Trey Gibson, Tayneria Gooden, Kierstan Tate, Trae Hubbard and Chase Garrett.
The championship event was held Feb. 27 and 28 and featured 14 HBCUs.
The forensics team will conclude the season April 16 through 20 at the National Forensics Association competition. For the first time, every member of the Tennessee State team qualified to compete in the event.