Cameron University’s speech and debate team journeyed to Hutchinson, Kan., for its first competition of the season, the annual Debate on the Plains tournament, where it faced 21 teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. It was a successful season debut for the Aggies, who claimed top honors as the number one team in the tournament in combined individual events and debate. The team also claimed first place in Lincoln Douglas Debate Sweepstakes as well as in Parliamentary Debate Sweepstakes.
“Debate on the Plains is an extremely competitive tournament,” says Sarah Collins, Director of Forensics. “The members of our team worked incredibly hard for the past six weeks preparing for the season, and their hard work paid off. This is a great start to the competitive year for the Cameron speech and debate team.”
In Lincoln Douglas Debate, Alex Amos of Broken Arrow reached the quarterfinals, and Danny McQuarters, Kansas City, Mo., made the semifinals. Both qualified for the NFA National Tournament in April. McQuarters was named First Place Speaker, and Amos won the fifth place speaker award.
In Parliamentary Debate, all four Aggie teams made it out of the preliminary rounds with winning records. Savannah Price and Cody Jackson, both of Community, Texas, barely missed making the quarterfinals. Amber Smith, Tulsa, and Steven Haber, Lawton, were quarterfinalists. Amos and his partner Jonathon Good, Tipton, reached the semifinals, as did McQuarters and his partner, Nick Pasternak, Kansas City, Mo. Pasternak was named second place speaker, McQuarters was named third place speaker, and Smith was named fifth place speaker.
In Prose Interpretation, Savanna Sanders, Madill, reached the semifinals in a very competitive field.
Also contributing to the team sweepstakes award were Katelynn Wright, Geronimo, and Elizabeth Good, Tipton.
The team now heads to Bolivar, Mo., for the Derryberry Speech and Debate Tournament hosted by Southwest Baptist University.
October 7, 2014