The Cameron University Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team was the top debate school and finished third overall at the Metro Community College (MCC) Longview Central States Swing Tournament in late October. Cameron was among 24 schools that participated in the tournament.
Cameron debaters competed well, placing three teams in the semi-finals in open division parliamentary debate. Senior Paul Boudreaux, a business finance major from Skiatook, and junior Troy Flewellen, a communication major from Tulsa, finished in second place. Boudreaux and Flewellen were the top seed after finishing with a 5-0 record in the preliminary round. They defeated a team from Kansas Wesleyan University in the quarterfinals, a Cameron team in semifinals and a second team from Kansas Wesleyan in the final round. Flewellen also finished as the second place speaker in parliamentary debate.
Brenna Welch, a senior from Owasso, and Cameron Brewer, a sophomore from Moore, finished as semi-finalists in open division parliamentary debate. Welch and Brewer, both communication majors, were the third seed after finishing with a 4-1 record in the preliminary round. They defeated a team from Wiley College before losing to a team from Kansas Wesleyan University in the semifinals.
Communication majors Brett Carlton, a junior from Kellyville, and Skylar Williams, a sophomore from Newton, Kan., finished as semifinalists in open division parliamentary debate. Carlton and Williams were the fifth seed after finishing with a 3-2 record in the preliminary round. They defeated a team from Webster University before falling to Boudreaux and Flewellen in the semifinals. Williams finished as the sixth place speaker in parliamentary debate.
Freshman Zakariya Rajpari, a communication major from Keys, finished as a semifinalist in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate. Rajpari was the third seed after finishing with a 3-1 record in the preliminary rounds.
In individual events, Cameron competitors claimed several awards in the two speech tournaments offered during the Central States Swing.
In the first speech tournament, Flewellen placed third in poetry interpretation. Boudreaux placed third in programmed oral interpretation and was a semifinalist, reaching the top 12, in poetry interpretation. Communication majors Jerad Gee, a freshman from Skiatook, and Jiri Rivera-Alvarado, a junior from Jenks, finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in informative speaking.
In the second speech tournament, Boudreaux placed first in poetry interpretation and fifth in extemporaneous speaking. Sophomore Kaylee Jones, a communication major from Bartlesville, finished fifth in communication analysis and sixth in persuasive speaking. Flewellen finished fifth in poetry interpretation.
Cameron alumna and former national champion debater Sarah Collins, who serves as Director of Forensics at MCC Longview, directed the tournament.
November 15, 2011