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Southeastern student Emilie Thiry wins state title in debate competition

March 3, 2023

Emilie Thiry, a sophomore at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, claimed state championship honors in Extemporaneous Speaking at the recent Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association (OIFA) State Tournament.

Thiry is a psychology major from Oklahoma City.

Other Southeastern Speech and Debate Association (SSDA) students competing at the tourney were Caydee Kennedy, a freshman marketing-psychology major from Denton, Texas, and Rockford, MI, and Katie Rogers, a sophomore communication media studies major from Durant.

The tournament held all 11 Individual Preparation and Limited Preparation American Forensic Association events and an International Public Debate Tournament. All event winners, along with individual speaker awards, top competitors in the state of Oklahoma, and the overall sweepstakes winner were announced during the tournament awards ceremony.

Emily ThirySoutheastern’s Emilie Thiry earned a state championship at the OIFA Tournament

It’s the second year in a row that Southeastern has claimed a state championship in Forensics, said Dr. Fendrich Randy Clark, associate professor and speech and debate advisor. Kat Hodges from SE took the state title in IPDA debate last year.

SSDA’s final competitive tournament of the season will be the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament on March 24 at West Chester University in West Chester, PA.

To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate forensics program and the SSDA tournament schedule, visit the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre website https://www.se.edu/act/ or contact Dr. Clark at frclark@se.edu or extension 2556.