Cameron University Speech and Debate team kicks off competition season

Cameron University’s Speech and Debate team kicked off its competition season by participating in two recent tournaments.

“The team has worked hard preparing the first two months of the semester, and I am very pleased with their performance at the first two tournaments,” says Sarah Collins, Director of Forensics. “I am excited to see what this season brings”

A partial squad opened the season at the Western Kentucky Fiesta Tournament in late September, competing against 16 schools from six states. Lincoln-Douglas debaters Alex Amos, Broken Arrow, and Danny McQuarters, Kansas City, Mo., were two of the 16 students across the nation who received bids to present in the Alexis Elliott NFA Lincoln-Douglas Round Robin. In addition, Elizabeth Good, Tipton, claimed a fifth place finish in Programmed Oral Interpretation.

In early October, the team traveled to the DerryBerry Memorial Tournament hosted by Southwest Baptist University, where they faced competitors from eight schools. Kris Mayfield, Okmulgee, received the top novice award in Poetry and also placed fifth in Duo with partner Sav Price, Lavon, Texas.  In addition, Price finished fifth in Poetry.  McQuarters placed second in Lincoln-Douglas debate, third in Communication Analysis and sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking. He was also the third place finisher for the Bright Young Scholar Award.  Amos placed third in Extemporaneous Speaking and third in Impromptu Speaking, and Good was fourth in Program Oral Interpretation. Savanna Sanders, Madill, finished first in Persuasion and fourth in Prose. Overall, the team received third place in debate sweepstakes and second place in combined overall sweepstakes. Team members contributing to the team sweepstakes awards include Cody Jackson, Lavon, Texas; Nikki Berryman, Ardmore; and Emily Whatley, Duke.

The team travels to the Missouri Mule Tournament hosted by the University of Central Missouri for its next competitive outing.

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October 27, 2015

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