Cameron forensics team members earn top finishes at state tournament

The Cameron Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team turned in several great individual performances on the way to a third place overall finish at the recent, OKIE Roundup, the state tournament. CU students Roxanne Christian, Salisbury, Dominica; Lamod McFadden, Lawton; Troy Flewellen, Tulsa; Felicia Manners, Charlestown, St. Kitts and Nevis; Randy Mihalik, Lawton; Jordan Scribner, Jenks; and Brenna Welch, Tulsa, participated in the tournament.

Welch, a junior communication major, finished as the third place overall individual events speaker after placing second in after dinner speaking, third in impromptu speaking, third in prose interpretation, fifth in extemporaneous speaking, and sixth in duo dramatic interpretation with Flewellen, her performance partner in that event. 

Scribner, a sophomore communication major, also fared well, finishing as the fourth place overall individual events speaker. She placed first in dramatic interpretation, second in persuasive speaking, and third in communication analysis.

Flewellen, a sophomore communication major, placed third in poetry, fourth in after dinner speaking, and fifth in dramatic interpretation. Mihalik, a sophomore art major, rounded out top placings by finishing fifth in informative speaking, fifth in after dinner speaking, and sixth in extemporaneous speaking. 

Although the CU debate team failed to advance to the elimination rounds of the tournament, several CU speakers earned top places. Flewellen finished as the second place debate speaker. Christian, a junior business major, finished as the fifth place speaker, and Welch finished as the sixth place speaker. 

The team now prepares for national tournaments. Scribner's second place finish in persuasive speaking qualified her for the 141st Annual Interstate Oratorical Association tournament, the oldest intercollegiate tournament in the United States. The top two persuasive speakers in each state qualify to participate in the tournament, which will be hosted by the University of Oklahoma in April.

The team of Welch and McFadden, a sophomore communication major, will attend the National Parliamentary Debate Association Championships later this month. First year competitors Christian and Mihalik will attend the Novice National Tournament at the end of March. Scribner and Welch qualified to attend the National Forensics Association Individual Events National Championships in April.

 For more information about Cameron Forensics please contact Dan Schabot at 580-581-2555 or by electronic mail at dschabot@cameron.edu.

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March 8, 2010
PR# 10-051