Cameron to host Christmas Classic Speech and Debate Tournament

Representatives from more than 20 campuses across the United States will head to Cameron University to participate in the university's annual CU Christmas Classic Speech and Debate Tournament from December 4-5. Tournament headquarters will be set up in the Centennial Room of the Shepler Center. Competition will take place from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The Christmas Classic Speech and Debate Tournament is hosted by CU's Forensics Team and the Oklahoma Omicron chapter of Pi Kappa Delta.

 "Hosting the annual CU Christmas Classic is a highlight of our forensics season," says Dan Schabot, CU Director of Forensics. "As with most forensics tournaments, as the host school, we will enter a limited number of competitors. Our focus is to ensure that the Christmas Classic provides a positive experience for the competitors who will be joining us for the event." 

Entrants will vie for honors in a variety of individual and team events. Individual events include After Dinner Speaking, Dramatic Interpretation, Poetry, Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Prose, Extemporaneous Speaking, Program Oral Interpretation, Persuasive Speaking, and Communication Analysis. Pairs will compete in Dramatic Interpretation. Debaters will compete in either NPDA debate or LD debate.

In 2008, the CU Christmas Classic was the largest collegiate tournament in the state of Oklahoma, with 26 colleges and universities competing. "Students from all over the country love coming to the tournament because of the friendliness of our campus and the Nutcrackers awarded to first place winners in each event," states Schabot.

For more information, contact Dan Schabot at (580) 581-2555 or via email at


December 2, 2009