The Cameron University debate team broke new ground by qualifying for the first time in school history for the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence and the elimination round of the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Tournament. Both tournaments were held at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., in late March. Additionally, Paul Boudreaux, a senior business major from Skiatook, was selected as a National Parliamentary Debate Association All-American, marking the first time that a Cameron student has received this honor. All-Americans are chosen based on competitive success, grade point average, and community service.
In order to compete at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, teams had to rank among the top 64 teams nationally. Cameron qualified two teams – Boudreaux and Brett Carlton of Kellyville, and Skylar Williams of Newton, Kan., and Zak Rajpari, Keys.
Both teams also qualified for the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Tournament. Boudreaux and Carlton went 5-3 in the preliminary round, qualifying for the elimination round. They fell to a team from William Jewell College. Williams and Rajpari went 4-4 and just missed qualifying for the elimination round.
March 30, 2012