Cameron speech and debaters take first place

The Cameron University Forensics Team finished first in the four-year school division at the 38th Annual Smelt Classic Tournament, finishing as the top school for the second tournament in a row.  The tournament was hosted by Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA last weekend. Cameron faced teams from 17 schools, including Boise State University and Oregon State University. 

Cameron competitors excelled at individual speaking events at the tournament, as every Cameron contestant took home an award. Junior Paul Boudreaux, a business finance major from Skiatook, finished first in Programmed Oral Interpretation and third in Poetry Interpretation. Junior Troy Flewellen, a communication major from Tulsa, finished first in Poetry Interpretation. 

For the second straight tournament, Cameron’s Duo Interpretation teams finished first and second, with freshman Skylar Williams, a communication major from Newton, KS, and Cameron Brewer, a communication major from Moore, taking first followed by Boudreaux and Flewellen in second.

Senior Brenna Welch, a communication major from Owasso, finished third in Prose Interpretation and as a finalist in Persuasive Speaking. Junior Randy Mihalik, an art major from Lawton, finished as a finalist in Impromptu Speaking. 

First year competitor Odile DeCoteau, a junior math major from Petite Martinique Carriacou, Grenada, finished second in Novice Informative Speaking and second in Novice Persuasive Speaking. The novice division is open to competitors with no previous high school or college experience.

Cameron debaters also did well. The Lower Columbia College tournament matches the schedule of the Pi Kappa Delta National tournament and allows competitors to compete in team parliamentary debate as well as Lincoln Douglas style (one-on-one) public debate. 

In Parliamentary Debate, the teams of Boudreaux and Welch, Flewellen and Mihalik, and Brewer and Williams each finished with a .500 record. Boudreaux and Welch finished as silver medalists.       

Four of the eight Cameron debaters also received awards in public debate. Boudreaux received a gold medal. After going undefeated in the preliminary rounds he defeated competitors from Oregon State in both the bronze and gold medal rounds.  DeCoteau received a gold medal in the novice division, finishing with a 3-1 record the preliminary rounds.  She defeated competitors from Boise State in both the bronze and gold medal rounds.        

Welch finished as a silver medalist. She finished with a 3-1 record in the preliminary round and defeated a competitor from Clark College in the bronze medal round before losing to a competitor from Mt. Hood Community College in the gold medal round. Flewellen, with a 2-2 record in the preliminary rounds, won a bronze medal. 

Also in public debate, three of Cameron’s competitors received recognition with Speaker Awards. Flewellen took second place and Mihalik finished in fourth place. DeCoteau finished second in the novice division.

The team will continue the season by hosting the Cameron Christmas Classic Tournament from December 2-3 at Cameron University. 

For more information about Cameron Forensics, contact Dan Schabot at 580-581-2555 or at


November 11, 2010