Southeastern News

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