Cameron University Speech and Debate Team takes honors at regional tournaments

The Cameron University Speech and Debate Team won numerous awards at recent forensic competitions in Kansas and Oklahoma.

CU's team joined students from more than 20 other colleges and universities to compete at Kansas Wesleyan University's Border Wars Tournament in Salina, Kansas on February 6-7.The Cameron team finished in third place overall at the tournament.   Individual team members earned honors in numerous events.

Junior Matt Penick and freshman Lamod McFadden, both of Lawton, finished as semi-finalists in Novice Parliamentary debate with a four win and one loss preliminary record. After defeating competitors from Midwestern Baptist University in the quarterfinals, Penick and McFadden lost to a team from Southwest Baptist University in the semi-finals.

Pierre Liburd and Felicia Manners, both juniors from St. Kitts and Nevis, were novice parliamentary debate quarterfinalists, with a record of three wins and two losses in the preliminary round. Liburd was also the first place novice speaker at the tournament.

Freshmen Tabetha Kautzman of Marlow and Jordan Howell of Central High, finished with a three win and two loss record but did not continue to the elimination phase of the tournament based on a tie-breaker.  First time debaters Cremoy Agard and Nicole Griffin, both seniors from St. Kitts and Nevis, also participated, amassing a hard-fought one win and four loss record.

In individual speaking events, sophomore Jordan Scribner of Jenks finished fifth in communication analysis speaking and was the top novice in the event. Other CU competitors also finished as the top novice in an individual event, including sophomore Bhupendra Acharya of Nepal in informative speaking; Kautzman in extemporaneous speaking, and McFadden in poetry interpretation. Junior Tai Bowles from Lawton competed in dramatic interpretation and just missed an award.

From February 13-13, the CU Speech and Debate Team competed against teams from more than 15 colleges and universities at the 19th Annual Sweetheart Tournament in Norman, co-hosted by the University of Oklahoma and West Texas A&M University.  The CU team finished as the second place Oklahoma school at the tournament.

Kautzman and Liburd earned a four-win and one-loss record to finish as quarterfinalists in open parliamentary debate. Kautzman also finished as the fifth place speaker in Parliamentary Debate.  In the debate sweepstakes, CU finished third.  Other CU debaters were Griffin, Agard, Penick, McFadden, Manners, all of whom participated in the Kansas tournament, and Jonathan Herndon, a sophomore from Lawton.

In individual speaking events, Acharya finished fourth in persuasive speaking. Scribner also performed well, just missing the final round in two events. In honor of Valentine's Day, Scribner was awarded honorable mention "Broken Heart Awards" in persuasive speaking and informative speaking.

The CU Speech and Debate Team travels to Oklahoma City University for the OKIE Roundup, the Oklahoma state championship tournament, on February 21-22. 

For information about becoming a member of CU's Speech and Debate team, contact Dan Schabot, Director of Forensics, at 580-581-2555 or


February 18, 2009