Cameron University Speech and Debate Team celebrates another Overall Sweepstakes Award

Cameron University’s speech and debate team continues to excel at recent forensic tournaments, earning another first place Overall Sweepstakes award and qualifying numerous Aggie competitors for the National Forensic Association’s National Championship Tournament next April.

At the recent Bob DerryBerry Memorial Tournament held at Southwest Baptist University, the Aggies claimed the top overall sweepstakes trophy and placed third in Individual Event Sweepstakes against 11 teams from Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Ohio.

Cameron’s competitors fared well in individual competition. In Public Forum Debate, the team of Katelynn Wright, Geronimo, and Curry Coleman, Sterling, made it to the semifinals. In Lincoln Douglas debate, Nick Pasternak, Kansas City, Mo., was a semifinalist, and Amber Smith, Tulsa, and Alex Amos, Broken Arrow, were quarterfinalists. Cody Jackson, Community, Texas, just missed the quarterfinals but played a role in the team’s overall placement.

In Impromptu Speaking, Amos placed fifth, and Savannah Price, Community, Texas, was a semifinalist.  In Program Oral Interpretation, Price placed third and Wright finished fifth. In Poetry, Elizabeth Good, Tipton, placed third, and Price finished fifth. In Prose Interpretation, Savanna Sanders, Madill, placed fourth, and Good finished fifth. Good was also named Top Novice at the tournament.

Jonathon Good, Tipton, placed second in After Dinner Speaking, in which Pasternak finished fifth.

Wright and Smith placed fifth and sixth, respectively, for the Bright Young Scholar Award, presented to students competing in both debate and individual events.  

Seven team members qualified for the NFA National Tournament: Elizabeth Good in Prose Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation; Jonathon Good in After Dinner Speaking; Danny McQuarters, Kansas City, Mo., in Extemporaneous Speaking; Pasternak and Smith in Lincoln Douglas Debate; Price in Poetry Interpretation; and Sanders in Prose Interpretation.

Last week, the team travelled to the University of Central Missouri's Missouri Mule Tournament in Warrensburg, Missouri.  The event is a popular pre-nationals draw for Lincoln Douglas debate, with competitors representing 26 colleges and universities.

“The Missouri Mule Tournament is highly competitive,” says Sarah Collins, CU Director of Forensics. “We took just a few students to compete in Lincoln Douglas Debate, which had more than 85 entrants.”

McQuarters made it to the top 16 and was named eighth place speaker in Open Lincoln Douglas Debate. Jackson qualified for the NFA National Tournament thanks to a top four finish and being named sixth place speaker in Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate.

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October 30, 2014

PR# 14-186