CU forensics students rank high at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament

Cameron University's Speech and Debate team journeyed to Shreveport, LA to compete in the Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Tournament and Convention from March 19-21 against teams from more than 60 other colleges and universities. Points earned from individual events and debates were combined to create a sweepstakes total for each of the schools, placing the CU team 11th overall. Cameron's team consists of first-year competitors who faced off against much more experienced contestants. 

CU's Speech and Debate team at the Pi Kappa Delta National Biennial tournament
CU's Speech and Debate team celebrates its success at the
Pi Kappa Delta National Biennial tournament.

The tournament utilizes a unique ranking system that awards a "Superior" rating to contestants who finish in the top 10 percent; the next 20 percent are rated "Excellent."

In debate competition, Tabetha Kautzman of Marlow and Jordan Howell of Central High Township were semi-finalists in Novice National Parliamentary Debate Association debate and earned a "Superior" rating.  Kautzman and Howell, the third seed in the elimination phase after amassing a 5-1 record, defeated a team from Southwest Baptist University in the semi-finals before losing to a team from the University of the Cumberlands. In individual speaking events, Kautzman earned an "Excellent" in impromptu speaking and prose interpretation. 

Pierre Liburd of St. Kitts & Nevis and Katie Duffy of Lawton were awarded an "Excellent" rating in Novice National Parliamentary Debate Association Debate. Liburd and Duffy had a 4-2 record. 

In Novice International Public Debate Association competition, Kautzman and Duffy finished with a 4-2 record and earned an "Excellent" rating.  Other Cameron debaters included Cremoy Agard and Nicole Griffin, both of St. Kitts & Nevis, and Matt Penick and Lamod McFadden, both of Lawton. 

Cameron's State Championship Reader's Theatre team - Tai Bowles of  Lawton, Bhupendra Acharya of Nepal, and Jordan Scribner of Jenks also participation in the tournament, as did of St. Kitts & Nevis, who competed in individual events. CU Director of Forensics Dan Schabot was honored by tournament officials for his assistance in helping to administer tournament events.

The Speech and Debate team has more competition ahead. Two CU debate teams will compete at the National Parliamentary Debate Association tournament from March 27-30 in Stockton, CA, while Scribner will represent CU and the State of Oklahoma at the Interstate Oratorical Association Tournament in Oxford, MS from April 24-25. 

Auditions for the 2009-2010 Speech and Debate team will be held in late April. For more information, contact Director Dan Schabot at 580-581-2555 or



March 30, 2009