Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun April 22, 2018
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Leia Smith, a daughter of Ray and Sherrie Benton of Cabot, stands in the Faulkner County Courthouse in Conway, where she works as development coordinator for the Children’s Advocacy Alliance. Smith, a senior at the University of Central Arkansas, was honored with two championships earlier this month in Spokane, Wash., from the International Public Debate Association.

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Student wins international debate honors

University of Central Arkansas senior Leia Smith’s gift of gab has garnered her two national debate championships. A 2014 graduate of Cabot High School, she was lauded earlier this month by the International Public Debate Association at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. She was the 2017-2018 season-long debate champion and season-long speaking champion, both in the professional division. Suffice it to say the loquacious 22-ye... READ MORE

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