Cameron University students Brenna Welch and Odile DeCoteau have qualified to attend the 142nd contest of the Interstate Oratorical Association. Welch, a communication major from Owasso, and DeCoteau, a mathematics major from Petite Martinique Carriacou, Grenada, earned berths at the state qualifying contest held on February 26th at Oklahoma City University. Students from all 50 states qualify by placing first or second in state qualifying contests.
Welch finished first in the contest, earning first-place rankings from all three final round judges. Welch’s speech alerts the audience to environmental problems that cause early puberty in children. DeCoteau finished just behind her teammate in second place. DeCoteau’s speech offers a solution for some of the major financial problems facing Haitians as they face their long road to recovery after last year’s earthquake.
Welch and DeCoteau will face off against other national qualifiers at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virg. on April 22-23.
Cameron University has qualified students each of the last four years including Michael Faggett of Dallas in 2008 and Jordan Scribner of Jenks in 2009 and 2010.
March 2, 2011