Cameron University speech and debate team claims top spot in tournament

Cameron University’s speech and debate team continues to find success at forensic tournaments, claiming the first place team award in Overall Sweepstakes (both debate and individual events) at the Rowdy Aggie Classic, hosted by Texas A&M University. The Cameron team faced competition from 11 schools from four states.

In NPDA debate, the team of Skylar Williams, Newton, Kan., and Zak Rajpari, Tahlequah, finished in first place. Williams was named the second place NPDA speaker, and Rajpari claimed the third place NPDA speaker award. Each also participated in individual events. Rajpari finished fourth in extemporaneous speaking, and Williams was sixth in impromptu speaking.

Other competitors placing in individual events were Katelynn Wright, Lawton, who was fourth in programmed oral interpretation, and Kynzie Pierce, Frederick, who was sixth in after dinner speaking.

The team honed their skills at the Central States Invitational Forensics Swing Tournament, hosted by Metropolitan Community College – Longview in Lee’s Summit, Mo., where they faced 19 teams from five states.

Williams and Rajpari were semifinalists in Open NPDA debate. In Lincoln-Douglas debate, Rajpari – who reached the quarterfinals - was named second place speaker, and Williams was named third place speaker.

Jerad Gee of Tulsa placed fifth in persuasive speaking.

Other team members at the tournament were Bola Adams, Lagos, Nigeria; Cameron Brewer, Moore; Brooke Cochran, Lawton; Steven Haber, Lawton; Daphne Orebaugh, Great Bend, Kan.; Pierce; and Wright.

For information about Cameron’s speech and debate team, contact Sarah Collins, Director of Forensics, at or (580) 581-2555.



November 20, 2012