The Cameron Speech and Debate team has returned from the recent Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association tournament with numerous State Championship titles after facing competition from 12 schools from a three-state area. The team claimed multiple individual state championships, and as a team once again finished first in the state in Individual Events, Debate, and Combined sweepstakes.
“I am very proud of the results of the team at the state tournament,” says Sarah Collins, director CU Forensics. “We set a goal at the beginning of this season to defend our state championship titles, and the students have worked very hard towards that goal. They did an outstanding job this weekend, and it was great getting to see their hard work pay off!”
In Parliamentary Debate, the teams of Alex Amos, Broken Arrow, and Kristopher Mayfield, Okmulgee, and Cody Jackson, Community, Texas, and Teague Fox, Tuttle, each defeated competition from the University of Oklahoma in the semifinals. Because both finalist teams were from the same university, both teams were named co-state champions. Additionally, Sav Price, Lavon, Texas, was named second place speaker in the event.
Fox was named state champion Lincoln Douglas Debate as well, with Jackson winning fourth place speaker.
In Duo interpretation, Mayfield and his partner Savanna Sanders, Madill, were named state champions.
The freshman team of Rachael Rowe, Sallisaw, and Dallas Strong, Elgin, placed fourth.
In Poetry Interpretation, four of the six competitors in the final round were Cameron students. Sanders claimed the state championship, Mayfield finished fourth; Strong finished fifth, and Rowe finished sixth.
Cameron picked numerous additional individual state championships: After Dinner Speaking – Mayfield;- Dramatic Interpretation – Sanders; Informative Speaking - Price; Impromptu Speaking – Amos; and Persuasive Speaking, Sanders.
Price also finished seventh in Impromptu Speaking and fourth in Programmed Oral Interpretation. Mayfield claimed sixth place in that event. Strong finished second in Persuasive Speaking.
As the top two finishers in Persuasive Speaking, Sanders and Strong qualified for the Interstate Oratory Association tournament in April, where they will compete against the top two competitors from every state. This marks the third consecutive year where both Oklahoma spots were claimed by Cameron University competitors.
Due to strong finishes in individual events, three Cameron students won pentathlon awards, which recognize a student who competes in five events and multiple genres. Sanders was named state champion in Pentathlon, Mayfield won fourth place, and Price claimed fifth place.
The State tournament also recognizes the top performing student across both individual events and debate with the OIFA State Championship belt. This year that award went to Mayfield.
As a team, Cameron swept all three sweepstakes divisions. In Debate Sweepstakes, Cameron University was named state champion, the University of Oklahoma finished second, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University finished third. In Individual Event Sweepstakes, Cameron University was named state champion, the University of Oklahoma finished second, and Northeastern State University finished third. In Combined (Debate and IE sweepstakes), Cameron University was named state champion, the University of Oklahoma finished second, and Northeastern State University finished third.
The Cameron University Speech and Debate team continues its post-season travel to the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament in Boise, Idaho.
March 22, 2017