Cameron University speech and debate team finds success on the road

Cameron University’s speech and debate team started the Spring 2014 semester with great results at two recent tournaments, Gorlok Gala Tournament hosted by Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., and Border Wars Tournament in Salina, Kan.

At the Gorlok Gala Tournament, Cameron was one of 45 schools from 14 states participating.

In Novice Parliamentary debate, Jonathon Good, Tipton, and Amber Smith, Bixby, made it to the Final Four round, and Savannah Price, Dallas, Texas, and Steven Haber, Lawton, made it to the Elite Eight round. Smith was named fourth place speaker, and Price was named ninth place speaker.

Zakariya Rajpari, Tahlequah, and Skylar Williams, Newton, Kan., made it to the Sweet 16 round in Open Parliamentary debate.

In Junior Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate, Danny McQuarters, Kansas City, Mo., made it to the Final Four round.

The Cameron team won third place Debate Sweepstakes out of 45 schools.

The team also excelled in interpretive events. Price and Williams teamed up to take first place in Duo Improvisational Pairs, while Curry Coleman, Elgin, and Katelynn Wright, Geronimo, received excellence awards (signifying the top 10 percent) in that category. Good also received an excellence award for his performance in After Dinner Speaking.

Additional competitors were who contributed to the team award were Diana Reyes, Norman; Savanna Sanders, Madill; Kynzie Pierce, Frederick; and Nick Pasternak, Kansas City, Mo.

“The team has worked incredibly hard in practice, and their work paid off,” says Sarah Collins, Cameron’s Director of Forensics. “The Webster College tournament is one of the largest pre-national tournaments in which we participate, and our success there was a great feat!”

The team competed for two days at the annual Border Wars tournament, then hosted the final day of competition. Cameron was among 14 schools from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Illinois and Missouri that attended the tournament. Thanks to strong performances in debate and individual events, the team places fourth in Overall Team sweepstakes.

Cameron placed second in Debate Team sweepstakes, with excellent results in all debate categories.  In Junior Varsity NPDA debate, Haber and Price finished in first place, and Price was named first place speaker. In addition, Good was named fourth place speaker in JV NPDA. Rajpari and Williams made it to the Elite Eight round in Open NPDA, where Rajpari was named fifth place speaker. In open Lincoln Douglas debate, McQuarters and Pasternak make it to the Elite Eight round, and McQuarters was named second place speaker. Pasternak finished fifth in Individual Debate Sweepstakes.

In individual events, Haber finished third in After Dinner speaking, Wright finished fifth in Informative Speaking, and Pasternak finished sixth in Extemporaneous speaking.

Additional competitors who contributed to the team awards were Reyes, Pierce, Sanders and Smith.

The team will finish its regular season travel with tournaments at the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma State Tournament in February before gearing up for post-season travel.

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February 7, 2014

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