Following numerous rounds of competition at the Fifth Annual Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association Tournament, the Cameron University forensics team emerged as state champions in all sweepstakes categories and with individual state champions in five events. In addition, two team members qualified for the Interstate Oratory National Tournament. The Aggies faced teams from 11 schools from Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa.
“We had a great competition at the state tournament,” says Sarah Collins, Director of Forensics. “Cameron’s competitors put in lots of hard work and teamwork, and their efforts definitely paid off.”
Savanna Sanders, Madill, was named State Champion in Duo Interpretation. She also placed third in Dramatic Interpretation and Program Oral Interpretation and was fourth in Prose.
Jonathon Good, Tipton, shared with state championship in Duo Interpretation with partner Sanders. He was also named State Champion in After Dinner Speaker and in Parliamentary Debate. Good placed fifth in Poetry.
Good’s partner in Parliamentary Debate, Alex Amos, Broken Arrow, shared that State Championship and was named third place speaker in that category. He also claimed the State Championship in Persuasive Speaking as well as in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, in which he was the second place speaker. In addition, he placed fifth in Impromptu.
The team of Danny McQuarters and Nick Pasternak, both from Kansas City, Mo., made it to the quarterfinal in parliamentary debate. Pasternak was named fifth place speaker. In addition, McQuarters was named first place speaker in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and placed sixth in impromptu speaking, and Pasternak placed second in Persuasive Speaking.
As the top two finishers in Persuasive Speaking, Amos and Pasternak each qualified to represent the state of Oklahoma at the Interstate Oratory National Tournament in Rome, Ga., at the end of April.
Savannah Price, Lavon, Texas, placed second in Impromptu Speaking, and Katelynn Wright, Geronimo, placed fourth in that category.
Elizabeth Good, Tipton, claimed a second place finish in Dramatic Interpretation as well as in Prose and was third in Poetry. Cody Jackson, Lavon, Texas, placed sixth in Persuasive Speaking.
Thanks to strong finishes by individual team members across the board, Cameron dominated the sweepstakes, claiming State Championships in Team Individual Event Sweepstakes, Team Debate Sweepstakes, Combined Sweepstakes and Overall Sweepstakes.
February 25, 2015