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Speech and Debate students compete in OKC

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

 Representing Southeastern at the event at Oklahoma City University were, front row, left to right, Hannah Nunley, Hannah Barnett, Jordan Nelson, Haleigh Harper, and Emily Dahl. Back row, Avery Kahl, Jacob Morrison, Avery Roach, and Dr. Randy Clark.

Representing Southeastern at the event at Oklahoma City University were, front row, left to right, Hannah Nunley, Hannah Barnett, Jordan Nelson, Haleigh Harper, and Emily Dahl. Back row, Avery Kahl, Jacob Morrison, Avery Roach, and Dr. Randy Clark.

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association competed at the Christmas Classic Speech and Debate Tournament, November 30 — December 2, at Oklahoma City University.

The forensics tournament featured varsity National Parliamentary Debate, junior and varsity 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; Hannah Barnett, freshman communication major; Emily Dahl, freshman communication major; Haleigh Harper, freshman mathematics education major; Avery Kahl, freshman aviation major; and Austin Roach, freshman computer science major.

Other schools competing were Carl Albert State College, Kansas State University, Kansas Wesleyan University, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma City University, Oral Roberts University, Sterling College, Texas Christian University, Texas Southern University, Tulsa Community College, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas at Dallas, Wayland Baptist University, and West Texas A & M University.

Barnett, from Hugo, Oklahoma, reached the quarterfinals in Public Debate in her first tournament as a member of the team. She lost a split decision to the eventual tournament champion from Oral Roberts University.

Kahl, from Sherman, Texas, took first place in his second Impromptu round of the tournament, and narrowly missed the breakout rounds.

The Parli team of Kahl and Harper, from Durant, in their first tournament as part of Dr. Randy Clark’s Business and Professional Speaking Honors course, went one and four in their preliminary rounds.

“This is a remarkable accomplishment for this duo, especially since they were competing in the open division and neither of them have any formal debate experience, aside from the education and practice stemming from our class,” said Dr. Clark.

The team of Morrison, from Durant, and Nunley, from El Campo, Texas,  finished the preliminary rounds three and two and missed the quarterfinals based on speaker points. In two Parli tournaments this year, the team of Morrison and Nunley is eight and two in preliminary rounds.

SSDA’s next forensics tournament will be the Sweetheart Swing at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, February 8-10, 2019.

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.

Speech and debate students compete in Tulsa event

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Speech and Debate Association competed in the Tulsa Community College-Northeast’s

fourth annual Green Country Swing, Nov. 14-16.

         Ally Shafer, freshman business/communication major from Madill, finished sixth, the highest individual placement in the team’s first three tournaments.

The forensics tournament featured novice, varsity and professional divisions of International Public Debate Association-style debate, National Forensics Association-Lincoln/Douglas Debate, and all 11 American Forensics Association (AFA) Individual Events (IE).

Southeastern’s team was made up of Shafer, Anthony Hill, junior political science major from Caddo, and Gwendolyn Harper, junior psychology major from Paris, Texas.

Southeastern’s team matched wits with 135 competitors representing 19 schools from six midwestern and southwestern states.

Assistant professor of communication/speech and debate team advisor Dr. Randy Clark said, “The third tournament of the forensics season yielded a breakthrough of sorts for us. The team has been preparing well and working hard. We expected one or two students to break through to the finals and it finally happened.”

Shafer reached the finals in the AFA-IE of Informative Speaking and took sixth place in the Saturday half of the swing. According to AFA rules, informative is an original memorized speech written to inform the audience on a general topic of interest and/or usefulness. The maximum length of the speech is 10 minutes.

Clark said, “Shafer’s hard work and dedication to improving the overall quality of her speech and her non-verbals during her delivery is really beginning to pay off. Breaking through to the finals will now become a common occurrence for Ally. Now the challenge is to consistently place in the top three of each tournament.”

Southeastern’s next forensics tournament will be the Cameron Christmas Classic at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, December 5-7.

To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate forensics program and tournament schedule, contact Clark at 580-745-2556 or go to http://homepages.se/comm.