Cameron University’s Speech and Debate team has continued its competition season with participation in two recent tournaments. The team headed to the Gorlok Gala in St. Louis, Mo., in late January, then traveled to the Border Wars tournament in Salina, Kans., in early February.
The Gorlok Gala, hosted by Webster University, is the largest tournament attended by the Aggies before nationals, with participation by 45 schools from 17 states. As a team, Cameron placed sixth in overall combined sweepstakes, considered a significant accomplishment as only seven Cameron students competed. Elizabeth Good, Tipton, placed fourth in Individual Sweepstakes by taking third place in Programmed Oral Interpretation and second place, with partner Savanna Sanders, Madill, in Duo. Sanders also placed sixth in persuasive speaking.
In the Poetry competition, Sav Price, Lavon, Texas, received an excellent award, as did the team of Danny McQuarters, Kansas City, Mo., and Kristopher Mayfield, Okmulgee, in Duo Improv.
In debate events, McQuarters made the top 16 in Varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate, while Mayfield was named ninth place speaker in Junior Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Alex Amos, Tulsa, was named 17th place speaker in Open Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
At the Border Wars tournament, Mayfield, partnered with a competitor from Texas Christian University, placed second in Parliamentary Debate. In Lincoln-Douglas debate, McQuarters made it to the quarter finals and was named second place speaker. In Individual Events, Mayfield placed fourth in Poetry and was also named Top Novice in the event. In Programmed Oral Interpretation, Elizabeth Good finished in third place. McQuarters claimed the first place Endurance Award, and Cody Jackson, Lavon, Texas, received second place in the event. In Team Debate sweepstakes, Cameron placed third overall. For the second day of the tournament, the Aggies took a break from competing to host the Sunday portion of the tournament.
Next up for the Aggies is the state tournament, followed by national tournaments in March and April.
February 24, 2016