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HPU speech and debate team competes at Oklahoma tournament

BROWNWOOD – November 1, 2018 – Student Speaker Bureau, Howard Payne University’s speech and debate team, recently competed at The Storm Classic speech and debate tournament at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Lucy Manning and Ben Olin were quarterfinalists as a debate team that beat teams from Texas State University, Texas Christian University and others. Manning is a sophomore communication, social sciences jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth and Olin is a freshman communication, psychology and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe.

“This first tournament of the year was a very difficult one, with many different forensics programs from the Midwest, Oklahoma and Texas, and we competed extremely well against them,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication, professor of communication and coach of the Student Speaker Bureau.

Manning also advanced to finals in informative speaking, with her speech titled “Gaming in the Classroom.”

Madison Neal, junior communication and social sciences jurisprudence major from Chandler, advanced to finals in extemporaneous speaking. Alek Mendoza, freshman theatre major from Bangs, also competed at the tournament.

For more information about HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, visit

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2019 semester at Howard Payne University ( HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at

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