Cameron students claim individual awards at second forensics tournament

Each member of Cameron University’s Forensics Team earned an individual award at the Golden Eagle Scrimmage, which took place October 1-2 at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR. As a team, Cameron’s speech and debate competitors finished third overall.

All three of the Cameron parliamentary debate teams finished with winning records. Junior Troy Flewellen, a communication major from Tulsa, and junior Randy Mihalik, an art major from Lawton, finished as semi-finalists in parliamentary debate. Flewellen and Mihalik amassed a 4-1 preliminary record, and then defeated a team from Oklahoma City University in the quarterfinals before losing to a team from the University of Central Missouri in the semi-finals. 

Senior Brenna Welch, a communication major from Owasso, and Paul Boudreaux, a business finance major from Skiatook, emerged as the top-seeded team in the tournament after finishing with an undefeated preliminary record of 5-0. They fell during the quarterfinals to a team from Northwestern Missouri State University. Welch finished as the top overall parliamentary debate speaker, and Boudreaux finished second. 

Freshman Skylar Williams, a communication major from Newton, KS, and freshman Cameron Brewer, a communication major from Moore, finished with a 3-2 preliminary record. Williams and Brewer missed competing in the elimination portion of the tournament on a tiebreaker.  

Team members also won individual speaking awards at the tournament. Mihalik placed third in editorial impromptu speaking; Boudreaux finished fourth in programmed oral interpretation; and Flewellen finished sixth in poetry interpretation.

Several first year competitors won novice individual events awards. Freshman Amber Hunter, a communication major from Keyes, took second in novice prose and fourth in novice poetry. Junior Odile Decoteau, a Mathematics major from Petite Martinique Carriacou, Grenada, finished second in novice impromptu. Williams and Brewer finished as the top novices in duo interpretation, and Williams finished as the top novice in informative speaking.

The team looks to continue its success at the West Texas A&M University Coyote Thunder Swing in mid-October. 

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


October 5, 2010