Southeastern News

Southeastern speech and debate students compete at state event

Hannah Nunley, Hannah Barnett, and Jacob Morrison represented Southeastern at the OIFA state tournament.

Okla. –
Southeastern Speech and Debate
Association’s Jacob Morrison and Hannah Nunley finished second in National
Parliamentary Debate at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association
(OIFA) State Tournament on February 23.

Freshman Hannah Barnett placed eighth overall in
Extemporaneous Speaking.

Forty competitors from Southeastern, East Central
University, Carl Albert State Community College, Northeastern State University,
Oklahoma City University, Tulsa Community College, Oral Roberts University and
the University of Oklahoma participated in 11 Individual Preparation and
Limited Preparation events and Parliamentary and Public Debate.

Dr. Randy Clark, associate professor of communication
studies and speech and debate advisor, said, “I’m very proud of the team and
their showing.  Our freshman gained a remarkable amount of experience this
weekend and a tremendous amount of respect from other competitors and other
coaches from the more established programs. ‘’

The Parli debate team of Morrison and Nunley reached the
semifinal round, losing to the eventual champion team from Oklahoma City

Morrison finished third as the Top Speaker in Public Debate
and also took third in Extemporaneous Speaking. Nunley reached the quarterfinal
round in Public Debate and finished fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking

SSDA’s final competitive tournament of the season will be
the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament, March 20-24, at Hofstra
University in Hempstead, NY.

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