Cameron hosts Oklahoma high school students for 26th Annual High School Speech Demonstration Day

Cameron University's Department of Communication hosted its 26th Annual High School Speech Demonstration Day on Thursday, September 17, at Lawton's McMahon Auditorium and the Museum of the Great Plains. The event featured performances by last year's state speech and drama winners, who presented their winning contest pieces. More than 800 students and teachers from 35 area schools attended.

"The students were treated to an entertaining and fast-paced morning filled with great contest individual speaking, acting and oral interpretation performances," reports Tony Allison, Chair of CU's Communication Department and Director of Demonstration Day. "Cameron was happy to provide schools from across the state with the opportunity to bring their beginning speech and drama students to see great performances by last year's winning high school students from Marlow, Lone Grove, Tipton, and Alva."

Paula McConnell, Speech-Drama teacher from Marlow High School, served as emcee and Demo Day instructor for the individual speaking and acting events, held at the McMahon Auditorium.

Harley Harmon of Lone Grove and State Champion in Oratory presented her winning piece, "The School Handbook." Other Lone Grove students who performed were Heidi Clark, Wyatt Freeman, Amber Grover, Chase Mapp and Alex Taliaferro.

Marlow students who presented their award-winning material were Ryan Childress, Chancie Clark, Autumn Davenport, Emma Dean, Kasey McConnell, Erica Robinson and Johannah Sherrill.

Ashtin Abrams from Tipton also presented a performance piece, as did Pete Phillips and Andrew Rathgeber of Alva.

Debate students were treated to two workshops and debate demonstrations in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Team Cross-examination Debate in the auditorium of the Museum of the Great Plains. Fred Collins, Ardmore attorney and assistant coach for Lone Grove High School, served as debate workshop director. 

Presenting debate demonstrations were Kelsea Albright, Ashley Harris, and Jacob Reynolds, all of Lone Grove, and Keyton Byrd, Rebekah Martin and Dalton Moser, all of Alva.

Attendees were welcomed by Dan Schabot, CU Communication Instructor and Director of Forensics, who presented information about Cameron's Speech and Debate Team. Schabot informed the students how to start preparing for university level competition while still in high school.

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September 21, 2009

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