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

Cameron University’s Speech and Debate team journeyed to Portland, Ore. to compete in the 49th Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Tournament and Convention from March 23-26 against teams from 84 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 finished sixth in Debate Sweepstakes.

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, Brett Carlton of Tulsa and Skylar Williams of Newton, Kans. finished in first place and were awarded a “Superior” rating in Junior Varsity National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) debate. They finished the tournament with a 5-1 record. 

In the Open class of NPDA debate, Paul Boudreaux of Skiatook and Brenna Welch of Owasso were awarded an “Excellent” rating and finished with a 4-2 record. Cameron was also represented in NPDA debate by Odile DeCoteau, Petite Martinique Carriacou, Grenada, and Ashok Pandey, Mahendranagar, Nepal, (Novice) and Cameron Brewer, Moore, and Troy Flewellen, Tulsa (Open). 

In International Public Debate Association (IPDA) competition, Coteau earned an “Excellent” rating in the Novice class, for first-year debaters. In the Open class, Flewellen earned a “Superior” rating and secured a spot in the quarterfinals. Welch and Boudreaux also competed in the Open class.  

In Individual Events, Flewellen placed third in Poetry Interpretation and earned a “Superior” rating. He received an “Excellent” rating in Communication Analysis, and along with performance partner Boudreaux,finished second in Duo Interpretation. The team earned a “Superior” rating.

DeCoteau (Persuasion), Welch (Impromptu) and Williams (Prose Interpretation) each received an “Excellent” rating in their respective events.

Pi Kappa Delta is a national honor society consisting of educators, students and alumni that cultivates articulate citizenship through the promotion of ethical, humane and inclusive communication and educational practices; supports comprehensive approaches to forensics pedagogy and practice; encourages the creation of professional development opportunities for forensic educators; and seeks to expand access to intercollegiate speech and debate activities.

Auditions for the 2011-2011 Speech and Debate team will be held in late April. For more information,

contact Director Dan Schabot at 580-581-2555 or



April 5, 2011