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Southeastern places third in TCU Speech and Debate tournament

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association  (SSDA) earned third place in Overall Sweepstakes at Texas Christian University’s Cowtown Classic Swing Speech and Debate Tournament in Fort Worth, Texas.

The forensics tournament featured varsity National Parliamentary Debate, International Public Debate Association and all 11 American Forensics Association National Individual Events.

RepresentingSoutheastern Oklahoma State University were Charles Jackson, junior communication and theatre double major; Connor Judd, freshman business and communication double major; and Jacob Morrison, freshman political science major.

Colleges and universities competing were Texas Christian University, Texas State University, West Texas A&M University, Ranger College, the University of Minnesota, Oklahoma City University, Tulsa Community College and the University of Oklahoma.

Judd and Morrison, both from Durant, reached the quarterfinals in the Parliamentary Debate competition. The team of Judd and Morrison amassed a 4-1 record through thepreliminary rounds earning them a seed in the quarterfinals. Eventually, however, the duo would lose in a split decision to the eventual tournament champions from TCU.

Judd and Morrison both  received individual top speaker awards. Morrison ranked fourth, while Judd earned the top speaker award. To date,  the team is a combined 20-3 in novice and varsity Parli competition rounds.

Judd also competed in Dramatic Interpretation and earned a fifth place finish. Morrison competed in both extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking and earned a fourth place finish in extemporaneous speaking.

Morrison’s fourth-place finish qualifies him in the event in both the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament that will be held March 31 through April 3 at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill, and the National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament, April 15-17, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Jackson, from Fort Worth, Texas, reached the finals in the AFA-IE of Prose and Program Oral Interpretation (POI) and earned two second-place trophies.

With these results, Jackson has qualified for both the AFA-NIET and the NFA-NCT.

SSDA’s next forensics tournament will be the Sweetheart Swing at the University of Oklahoma, February 10-12.

To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate forensics program and SSDA’s tournament schedule visit the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre website at or contact Speech and Debate Advisor Dr. Randy Clark at ext. 2556.