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Southeastern Speech & Debate advances to semifinals in Fort Worth

Representing Southeastern at the tournament were Emily Wheeler, Reagan Benson, Jacob Morrison, Hannah Nunley, Jillian Parsons, and MacKenzie Trammell.

Representing Southeastern at the tournament were Emily Wheeler, Reagan Benson, Jacob Morrison, Hannah Nunley, Jillian Parsons, and MacKenzie Trammell.


DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Speech and Debate Association reached the semifinals in Parliamentary Debate at Texas Christian University’s Cowtown Classic Swing Speech and Debate Tournament, October 26-28 in Fort Worth.

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

Representing Southeastern were Jacob Morrison, junior political science major; Hannah Nunley, freshman political science major; MacKenzie Trammell, freshman chemistry major; Reagan Benson, freshman aviation major; Jillian Parson, freshman aviation major; and Emily Wheeler, freshman chemistry major.

Seventeen colleges and universities competed.

Morrison, from Durant, and Nunley,  from El Campo, Texas,  reached the semifinals in the Parliamentary Debate competition. The team of Morrison and Nunley amassed a 5-0 record through the preliminary rounds, earning them a third seed in the semifinals. However, the duo would lose in a split decision to the eventual tournament champions from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Morrison also competed in both Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking, earning a respectable fifth place finish in Extemporaneous Speaking. Nunley, who also competed in Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speaking, finished the competition with a well-earned eighth place finish in Extemp.

Benson, from Paris, Texas, and who was competing in her first forensics competition as a member of Dr. Randy Clark’s Business and Professional Speaking class, finished the tournament ranked 21st out of 49 competitors in Extemporaneous Speaking.

“The team fared very well for our first tournament away from home,’’ Clark said. “It’s what I’ve come to expect from Morrison, but Nunley was also exceptional in her first tournament. She has a bright future. I’m especially proud of the competitors from the B&P Honors course who have been working very hard all semester in an effort to prepare themselves for the grind of a tournament weekend. It is remarkable and a testament to the talented students of Southeastern how Reagan — who has no experience — performed at the tournament.’’

SSDA’s next forensics tournament will be the Christmas Classic at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, November 30-December 2.

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.

Auditions scheduled for Speech and Debate students

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Art, Communication and Theatre will hold scholarship auditions for the Southeastern Speech and Debate Association at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Scholarships are available to current Southeastern students, transfer students with forensics experience, and graduating high school seniors who will be entering Southeastern’s freshman class in Fall 2016.

To schedule an audition, contact Dr. Randy Clark, Speech and Debate Advisor, at or 580-745-2556.

The Speech and Debate team is open to all full-time undergraduate students, regardless of major. Speech and Debate team members must be considered in good standing academically.

Southeastern competes at numerous state, regional and national competitions each year. The program provides contest experience in both debate and individual events.  Debate has two divisions: Lincoln-Douglas Debate for one-on-one debating and Parliamentary Debate, which features a two-person team. Individual speech and interpretative events include Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Poetry Interpretation, Persuasive Speaking, Prose Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Program Oral Interpretation, Communication Analysis, After Dinner Speaking and Dramatic Interpretation.

Southeastern’s Forensic program has been a member of the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament since 1930. Southeastern has been ranked among the top schools in Pi Kappa Delta’s national sweepstakes. The team has won one national championship at the National Debate Tournament, the precursor of the American Forensics Association.