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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.

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

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 http://homepages.se.edu/comm or contact Speech and Debate Advisor Dr. Randy Clark at ext. 2556.

Southeastern’s Speech and Debate team competes in OU event

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association’s impressive streak of speech/debate competitors reaching the finals came to an end recently at the University of Oklahoma’s Sweetheart Swing Speech and Debate Tournament in Norman.

The forensics tournament featured an open National Parliamentary Debate and InternationalPublic Debate Association tournament as well as two self-contained American Forensics Association National Individual Events tournament.

Connor Judd and Jacob Morrison of Southeastern Oklahoma State University reached the quarterfinals in the open Parliamentary Debate competition. Judd and Morrison ran their combined season’s record to 24-5 in both novice and open Parli competition rounds.

SSDA will next compete at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association’s State Tournament in Oklahoma City in March.

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

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 http://homepages.se.edu/comm or contact Speech and Debate Advisor Dr. Randy Clark at ext. 2556.