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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.

 

 

Southeastern Speech and Debate competes at Cameron

DURANT, Okla. The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association competed in the Cameron Christmas Classic  Dec.  2-4 at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

The forensics tournament featured novice and varsity divisions of National Parliamentary Debate, National Forensics Association-Lincoln/Douglas Debate, and all 11 American Forensics Association National Individual Events.

Representing Southeastern were Dylan Candelora, sophomore English major; Fisher Fulton, freshman accounting major; Charles Jackson, junior communication and theatre double major; Connor Judd, freshman business and communication double major; JacobMorrison, freshman political science major; and Ralontae Worley, junior communication major.

 

Some 20 colleges from five states competed in the event.

Judd and Morrison, both from Durant, placed first in the Novice Parliamentary Debate competition. According to the rules of Parliamentary debate established by the National Parliamentary Debate Association, Parliamentary debate is an extemporaneous, generally policy-oriented form of two-person debate that values audience adaptation. In each debate, a two-student team represents the government side (or the sideaffirming the resolution); a second two–student team represents the opposition side (or the side negating the resolution). Students are expected to present arguments supporting their side while refuting arguments of the other team.

Parliamentary debate was based loosely on the British model of parliament, but has evolved to a moreAmericanized hybrid of extemporaneous speaking and debate.  As a unique format of intercollegiate debate, Parliamentary debate privileges a breadth of knowledge about current events, domestic policy, and foreign affairs; embraces a range of argumentative forms, including both technical and more traditional styles of argument; and, rewards extemporaneous delivery, i.e., “thinking on your feet.”

Jackson, of Fort Worth, Texas,  reached the finals in the AFA-IE of Prose and Program Oral Interpretation (POI).  Jackson would bring home several trophies from the weekend, including a first place finish in Prose and a second place finish in POI. The duo of Judd and Worley (Cleveland, Ohio), took first place for their Duo Interpretation. Worley also brought home individual events finals finishes in POI.

SSDA’s next forensics tournament will be the Cowtown Swing at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, January 19-22, 2017.

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. 580-745-2556.

Southeastern speech-debate students compete in Kansas tournament

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association (SSDA) rode its momentum from Oklahoma’s state forensics tournament into Hutchinson, Kansas, for the 2015 Junior Varsity and Novice National Debate Tournament March 13-16 at Hutchinson Community College.

“The primary goal of this tournament is to offer a complete/full nationals experience at the expense of a regular season tournament for first and second year competitors,” said Kenny Hopkins, Tournament Sergeant-At-Arms and Hutchinson Community College Director of Forensics. “This Tournament was designed to recognize our students in their first and second year of competition for their commitment and excellent achievements in forensics.”

SSDA capped off an impressive first season after being resurrected from a two-year hiatus with a third place finish in the Division II Sweepstakes. According to the award descriptions for JV Nationals, school sweepstake awards are team awards that are given out based on a total point accumulation for debate and forensics. Teams do not need to have both in order to be eligible.  First through fifth places are awarded in three divisions, which is categorized based on a total entry size for each school.

The JV Nationals forensics tournament featured novice and junior varsity divisions of International Public Debate Association style debate, and all 11 American Forensics Association National Individual Event Tournaments.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Jacobi Crowley, senior special education major, Jonathan Lucas, freshman math and communication major, Anthony Hill, junior political science major, Gwendolyn Harper, senior psychology major, and Dayton Thibodeaux, sophomore music and communication major ,competed commendably along with 55 other debaters representing more than 10 schools from the states of Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.

Competing in IPDA style debate for the first time was Crowley, who hails from Lawton, Oklahoma. He posted a striking 2-3 record in his individual debate rounds. The IPDA website describes public debate as “competitions that are intended to provide rhetorically sound models of communicative debate which competitors can experience, study, emulate, and internalize.” In IPDA, a variety of fact, value and policy resolutions are included.

Lucas, from Ada, Oklahoma, reached the finals in the AFA-NIET Impromptu Speaking and eventually took sixth place in the category. According to AFA NIET rules, the Impromptu speech category features a speech that is substantive in nature, with topic selections varied by round and by section. Topics are derived from quotations, and speakers have a total of 7 minutes for both preparation and speaking. Timing commences with the acceptance of the topics sheet. Limited notes are permitted.

This was Lucas’ first finals breakthrough of the season.

“JR’s hard work and dedication to improving the overall quality of his speaking and his non-verbals during his delivery has really paid off,” noted Dr. Randy Clark, speech and debate team advisor.

Hill, also reached the finals for the first time this season in the AFA-NIET Persuasive Speaking. Hill, who is from Caddo, Oklaoma, placed fourth in the category.

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 Dr. Clark, speech and debate advisor at ext. 2556. You can also come and watch SSDA perform their competitive pieces and engage in IPDA debate Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in the Visiting and Performance Arts Center as a part of Southeastern’s Brainstorm.