BOLIVAR, Mo. – The Southwest Baptist University Speaking Bearcats finished the fall portion of their season with a dominating performance at the Cameron Christmas Classic on Dec. 1-2 at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.
The Speaking Bearcats finished first in overall sweepstakes, second in debate sweepstakes and first in individual events sweepstakes. SBU competed against 20 universities from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.
Speaking Bearcats debate highlights included:
Katelyn Bloom (freshman) – Novice division champion in international public debate
Breanna Prater (freshman) – Varsity division champion in international public debate
Jeffrey Metzler (sophomore) – Semifinalist and first-place speaker in public debate
Mariah Gilmore (sophomore) – Quarterfinalist in public debate
Marisa Mayo (junior) – Third place in varsity international public debate speaker awards
Tiana Brownen and Reece Tabor (seniors) – Second place in parliamentary debate
Andrew DeShon (junior) – Third-place speaker in open parliamentary debate in just his second tournament
In individual events, the Speaking Bearcats took first place in eight of the 11 events, as well as the top three spots in the pentathlon competition. In addition, SBU brought home six top novice awards won by first-year competitors.
Mikayla Throne (junior) – Champion in prose interpretation; champion in program of oral interpretation; champion in duo with Jordan Martin (freshman); third place in the overall pentathlon competition
Bloom – Champion (and top novice) in poetry; sixth place in prose; second place in duo with Tabor
Martin – Fifth place (and top novice) in prose; second place (and top novice) in program of oral interpretation; second place (and top novice) in dramatic interpretation.
Tabor – Champion in persuasive speaking; champion in informative speaking; second place in duo with Bloom; second place in communication analysis; second place in the overall pentathlon competition
Brownen – Champion in communication analysis; champion in impromptu speaking; third place in extemporaneous speaking; second place in persuasion; champion in pentathlon competition
Mayo – Second place in extemporaneous; third place in informative; third place in after-dinner speaking; fourth place in impromptu speaking
Prater – Fifth place in extemporaneous speaking; fourth place (and top novice) in persuasion; third place in impromptu; top novice in communication analysis
Gilmore – Semifinalist in impromptu speaking
DeShon – Fourth place in informative speaking
The Speaking Bearcats will head to Webster University in St. Louis for the “Gorlok Gala” on Jan. 26-28, then will travel to Truman State University for the Missouri Association of Forensics Activities State Championships in mid-February before wrapping up their season at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in mid-March at Tennessee State University in Nashville.
For more information about SBU Speech and Debate, please contact Dr. David Bailey, director of forensics, at dbailey@SBUniv.edu.
CUTLINE: (Left to right): Jordan Martin, Yani McHugh, Andrew DeShon, Reece Tabor, Breanna Prater, Katelyn Bloom, Mikayla Throne, Tiana Brownen, Marisa Mayo, Jeffrey Metzler and Mariah Gilmore.