The Cameron University Forensics Team claimed three individual national championships at Pi Kappa Delta’s 2017 Biennial Convention and Tournament in Boise, Idaho, recently. Kristopher Mayfield, Okmulgee, was the National Champion in After Dinner Speaking; Teague Fox, Tuttle, won the national championship in Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate, and Savanna Sanders, Madill, earned the national championship in Oral History Project.
The six-member CU team faced 2,000 entries from 72 colleges and universities across the U.S. Pi Kappa Delta is a comprehensive tournament that recognizes excellence by awarding Superior Awards to competitors finishing in the top 10 percent in each event and Excellent Awards to competitors in the top 20 percent. Cameron’s competitors were richly rewarded for their efforts.
Alex Amos, Broken Arrow, received Excellent Awards in Broadcast Journalism, Discussion, Extemporaneous Speaking and Open Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
In addition to his national championship, Fox earned an Excellent Award in Broadcast Journalism.
National Champion Mayfield was rewarded with a Superior Award in Duo Interpretation as well as Excellent Awards in Programmed Oral Interpretation and Public Forum Debate.
Sav Price, Lavon, Texas, earned Excellent Awards in Impromptu Speaking and Public Forum Debate.
A national champion, Sanders also earned Superior Awards in Duo Interpretation, Discussion and Broadcast Journalism. She received Excellent Awards in Persuasive Speaking, Dramatic Interpretation and Prose Interpretation.
The individual work of all Cameron team members – those listed above in addition to Cody Jackson, Community, Texas, led to outstanding sweepstakes award finishes. Cameron received Excellent Awards in Debate Sweepstakes and Combined Sweepstakes as well as a seventh place Superior finish in Individual Event Sweepstakes.
“For the team to finish this high with only six competitors is simply outstanding,” says Sarah Collins, director of CU’s forensics program. “There were several schools with anywhere from 15-30 students participating. For Cameron to be able to compete with them on a sweepstakes level with just six competitors speaks to the quality of the work presented by our students. They by far exceeded my expectations for this tournament, and I am incredibly proud of the work and effort they put into preparing.”
April 3, 2017