Cameron debate team earns spot in NPDA national top 20 for first time in school history

The Cameron University debate team claimed a spot on the National Parliamentary Debate Association’s (NPDA) Season-Long Sweepstakes, which recognizes the top 20 schools in the nation. The success of Cameron’s debaters throughout the competitive season earned the team 20th place, the first time in school history that Cameron has been ranked in the top 20 by this organization. Cameron is the only university in Oklahoma in the top 20. Additionally, Cameron was the second-highest ranked school in District 3, which consists of New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

“Earning this national ranking is a major accomplishment for Cameron’s hard-working debate team,” says Dan Schabot, Director of Forensics. “Any time a group of students accomplishes something for the first time in school history, you have to be happy with the result.”

Cameron students who contributed to the point total during the year include Paul Boudreaux, Skiatook; Cameron Brewer, Moore; Brett Carlton, Kellyville; Troy Flewellen, Tulsa; Kaylee Jones, Bartlesville; Zak Rajpari, Keys; Jiri Rivera, Tulsa; Zak Smith, Lawton; Brenna Welch, Tulsa; Skylar Williams, Newton, Kan.; and Katelynn Wright, Geronimo. With the exception of Boudreaux, who is majoring in business, all are majoring in communication.

Schools received points for their competitive success at tournaments during the year. Regular season tournaments are open to any school that enters, which means the Cameron team often faced off against schools that have significantly higher enrollment and larger coaching staffs. For this academic year, 227 schools earned points.

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March 30, 2012

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