Cameron tops field at speech tournament

The Cameron University Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team was the top school at the Kansas Wesleyan University and Metro Community College Longview (Kansas City) Border Wars event in Salina, Kans. Two separate tournaments were conducted with 13 schools competing. Cameron claimed first place sweepstakes overall, second place debate sweepstakes in the first tournament, and first place sweepstakes school for combined points from both tournaments. 

In the first tournament, Cameron’s debaters fared well with all three varsity teams making it to the elimination stage of the tournament in parliamentary debate. Senior Brenna Welch, a communication major from Owasso, and junior Paul Boudreaux, a business finance major from Skiatook, finished as semi-finalists with a 4-1preliminary round record and a quarterfinal win before bowing out of the tournament. Boudreaux was also the sixth place overall speaker. 

Junior Troy Flewellen, a communication major from Tulsa, and freshman Cameron Brewer, a communication major from Moore, also finished with a 4-1 record in the preliminary round before being eliminated in the quarterfinals. Flewellen also finished as the third place overall speaker.

Junior Brett Carlton, a communication major from Tulsa, and freshman Skylar Williams, a communication major from Newton, Kans., finished with a 3-1 record in the preliminary round, falling in the quarterfinals. Williams finished as the fourth place overall speaker.

Novice debaters freshman Montanna Redden, a psychology major from Sand Springs, and junior Ashok Pandey, a communication major from Mahendranagar, Nepal, finished as the third place novice team. Redden was recognized as the fifth place novice speaker followed by Pandey in sixth place. 

In individual events, Flewellen finished first in Communication Analysis with a speech that discusses the impact that the Antwone Dodson YouTube video had on the public earlier this year. Welch finished third in impromptu speaking and fifth in prose interpretation.   

The tournament honored the top speakers who participated in both individual speaking events and debate. Flewellen was awarded third place and Boudreaux fourth.

In the second tournament, Cameron built on the point total with three more individual awards.  Boudreaux finished third and Flewellen sixth in extemporaneous speaking. Boudreaux and Flewellen also finished fourth as a team in duo dramatic interpretation.             

In addition to the team award for most points over both tournaments, individual team members were honored for the points they earned over both tournaments. Once again, Flewellen was awarded third and Boudreaux fourth.        

For more information about Cameron Forensics Team, including scholarship auditions, contact Director of Forensics Dan Schabot at dschabot@cameron.edu.

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February 11, 2011

PR# 11-031