Cameron University's Department of Communication hosted the 28th Annual High School Speech Demonstration Day on Thursday, September 15 at the McMahon Auditorium and the Museum of the Great Plains. Last year's state speech and drama winners from Oklahoma were invited to perform their winning contest pieces during the three-hour event in McMahon Auditorium while debaters performed in the auditorium of the Museum of the Great Plains. Schools from 37 Oklahoma communities brought 766 students to observe the demonstrations.
“Schools had an opportunity to bring their beginning speech and drama students to see great performances by last year's winning high school students,” says Tony Allison, Chair of the Cameron University Department of Communication and director of the event. “Demonstration Day presents an opportunity for this year’s speech contestants to see first-hand the performances that won state titles.”
Paula McConnell, Speech-Drama teacher from Marlow High School, served as emcee and Demo Day instructor for the individual speaking and acting in the events. She was assisted by her students who performed entertaining skits introducing each contest event. McConnell provided the teachers in attendance with information concerning contest rule changes for this school year.
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. The debate workshop director was Fred Collins, an Ardmore attorney and assistant volunteer coach at Madill High School.
The national high school cross-examination debate topic for this school year is: “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the earth's mesosphere."
The Lincoln-Douglas topic used for Demo Day was one of last year's topics. "Resolved: Private military firms are just to meet the United States military objectives.”
Dan Schabot, Communication Instructor and Director of Forensics, welcomed the students and presented information about Cameron University's Speech and Debate Team. He also explained how they could become a part of any university speech and debate competitive squad.
High schools in attendance were Altus, Alva, American Christian in Bartlesville, ASTEC Charter School in Oklahoma City, Bethany, Bishop McGuinness in Oklahoma City, Blanchard, Cement, Cheyenne, Classen School of Advance Studies in Oklahoma City, Comanche, Cordell, Dover, Duke, Duncan, Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Eisenhower High School in Lawton, Enid Bible Academy, Fort Supply, Geary, Geronimo, Harrah, Hobart, Hollis, Lawton Academy of Arts & Science, Lone Grove, Madill, Mangum, Marietta, Mill Creek, Mulhall-Orlando, Noble, Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Christian School in Edmond, Tipton, and Waller Middle School in Enid.