The Sterling College Debate and Forensics team returned from the Cameron University Tournament held in Lawton, Okla., December 3-4 with first place in overall debate team sweeps.
In overall individual events team sweeps, Sterling captured 2nd behind West Texas A&M. Sterling emerged as champions of the tournament from a field of 27 colleges and universities including Texas Tech, University of Oklahoma, Kansas Wesleyan, Northwest Missouri State, Louisiana Tech and others.
Debate and Forensics Coach Ken Troyer was especially proud of how the team responded to the competition. “This was the first time all season that we were able to travel with the majority of our team, so it’s good to see how we stack up as a team.”
In individual events, Emily Graham of Hutchinson, joined three other Sterling teammates already qualified for the American Forensics Association National tournament to be held in Kearney, Neb. in April. Those students include Paul Carrell and Dylan Langston, both of Blue Springs, Mo., and Jessica Brayton of Lyons.
Cameron University Results
David Bowers – Lincoln Douglas Debate – 3rd
Varsity Parliamentary Debate – Semi Finalist with McFarland
Speaker Award – 2nd
Emily Graham – Varsity Parliamentary Debate – Semi Finalist with Twiss
Speaker Award – 4th
Communication Analysis – 3rd
Extemporaneous Speaking - 4th
Nolan Chaney - Lincoln Douglas Debate – 3rd
Alex Lawhon-Bush - Extemporaneous Speaking - Semi-Finalist
Jessica Brayton - Extemporaneous Speaking – 1st
Impromptu Speaking – 5th
Paul Carrell - Poetry – 1st
Dramatic Interpretation - 2nd
Duo Interpretation - 3rd with Langston
Prose - 6th
Dylan Langston Duo Interpretation - 3rd with Carrell
Shelby Twiss Varsity Parliamentary Debate – Semi Finalist with Graham
Extemporaneous Speaking - Semi Finalist
Top Novice in Extemporaneous Speaking
Ryan McFarland Varsity Parliamentary Debate – Semi Finalist with Bowers
Speaker Award - 10th
Also competing at the tournament were Krisi Colburn, Clearwater, Jason Phillips, Fort Scott, Fay Carey and Melzora Towne, both of Sterling, Daniel Hogan, Lyons, and Rachel Eliserio, Phoenix, Ariz.