Cameron hosts Christmas Classic Speech and Debate Tournament, places fifth overall

Representatives from 27 campuses across the United States visited the Cameron University campus to participate in the university’s annual CU Christmas Classic Speech and Debate Tournament on December 4-5. The Christmas Classic Speech and Debate Tournament is hosted by CU’s Forensics Team. Speech and debate teams vied for honors in a variety of individual and team events.

Competitors represented teams from Abilene Christian University, Arkansas Tech University, Barton Community College, Crowder College, Drury University, East Central University, Howard Payne University, Hutchinson Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas Wesleyan University, Lone Star College Kingwood, Lower Columbia College, Neosho County Community College, Northeastern State University, Northwest Arkansas Community College, Northwest Missouri State University, Oklahoma City University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Southwest Baptist University, Sterling College, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Tulsa Community College, Tyler Junior College, University of Oklahoma, West Texas A&M,

Sterling College, located in Sterling, KS, took the award for Overall Combined Sweepstakes (for teams that entered both individual speaking events and debate events). Runners-up were Howard Payne University, Brownwood, TX, and Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO.

Sterling College also took honors for the top Pi Kappa Delta team, followed by Northwest Missouri State University and Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, KS.

The top community college team was from Lower Columbia College, Longview, WA. Crowder College, Neosho, KS, and Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX, placed second and third, respectively.

The honor for Top Oklahoma School went to the University of Oklahoma. As host of the event, Cameron was ineligible for this award.

In Individual Events Sweepstake, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX, claimed the top spot, followed by Sterling College and Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, KS. In Debate Sweepstakes, Sterling College picked up another top spot, followed by Howard Payne University and Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

Cameron’s team finished fifth in the overall competition, with team members faring well during the tournament. Brenna Welch, a communication major from Owasso, and Paul Boudreaux, a business finance major from Skiatook, finished as quarterfinalists in open parliamentary debate, with a 4-2 record in the preliminary round. Skylar Williams, a freshman communication major from Newton, KS, was recognized as the fifth place speaker in junior parliamentary debate. 

In individual speaking events, Welch placed sixth place as overall individual speaker.  She finished fourth in persuasive speaking and seventh in prose interpretation. Odile DeCoteau, a math major from Carriacou, Grenada, finished third in persuasive speaking. Troy Flewellen, a communication major from Tulsa, finished fourth in poetry interpretation. Boudreaux finished sixth in programmed oral interpretation. Amber Hunter, a communication major from Keyes, was the top novice in prose interpretation. Williams and Cameron Brewer, a communication major from Moore, was the top novice team in duo interpretation. 

The Cameron Speech and Debate team will resume competition in January.

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



December 8, 2010