Cameron University speech and debate team claims first place at state tournament

The Cameron University Forensics Team claimed the top honor with a first place overall sweepstakes award at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association (OIFA) state championship tournament for the second consecutive year. Cameron also finished first in debate sweepstakes and fourth in individual events sweepstakes. Thirteen schools from Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas participated in the tournament, held in late February at Oklahoma City University.

In Parliamentary Debate, the Cameron teams of Paul Boudreaux, Skiatook, and Kaylee Jones, Bartlesville, and Skylar Williams, Newton, Kan., and Zak Rajpari, Keys, closed out the final round to finish 1st and 2nd. Both teams were undefeated in the preliminary rounds. Boudreaux was the top speaker in parliamentary debate, and Williams was the third place speaker.

In Lincoln Douglas Debate, Brett Carlton, Kellyville, eliminated teammate Rajpari in the semi-finals, then won the final round over a debater from Kansas Wesleyan to take first place. Rajpari earned honors as the second place LD speaker.

In Individual Events, Jones took first in Communication Analysis. Boudreaux took second in pentathlon, fourth in programmed oral interpretation, and fifth in impromptu speaking. Jiri Rivera, Jenks, took second in extemporaneous speaking, fourth in oratory, and fourth in informative speaking. Rivera also qualified for Interstate Oratorical Association Tournament.

Dan Schabot, Cameron’s Director of Forensics, is presently serving as OIFA president and was the tournament director. 

Cameron team members now gear up for national tournaments in the months of March and April. 

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March 6, 2012

PR#12-046