The Coyote Forensic and Debate Squad traveled to the Cameron University on Dec. 1–3 to take on 20 other universities and colleges at the annual Cameron University Christmas Classic Swing Tournament. Southwest Baptist was the big winner in the School Overall Sweepstakes, with TCU placing second and Kansas Wesleyan placing third.
In Parliamentary Debate, the team of senior Dakota Yates and sophomore Megan Kline beat Southwest Baptist in the finals to win first place. In Lincoln Douglas Debate, Yates beat Kansas City Kansas Community College and TCU in the semifinals and finals to capture first place. Junior Autumn Zimmerman was the second best speaker.
In Forensics, Zimmerman placed first in program of Oral Interpretation, fourth in Communication Analysis, fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking and sixth in Informative Speaking. Sophomore Megan Kline placed fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking, fifth in Informative Speaking and was a semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking. Yates placed third and fourth in Impromptu Speaking. Senior Katie Merrill placed sixth in Program of Oral Interpretation.
The squad’s next tournament will be after the New Year when they’ll head to Webster College Jan. 26–28.