BROWNWOOD – October 12, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau recently competed at The Storm Classic speech and debate tournament at Southeastern Oklahoma State University with one debate team advancing to the semifinal round.
The debate team of Christopher Freeland, junior theatre education major from Bangs, and Tyler Olin, junior social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, were semifinalists, beating teams from Texas State University, Abilene Christian University, Texas Christian University, the University of Oklahoma and others.
“This first tournament of the year was a very difficult one, with many large schools from the Midwest,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication, professor of communication and Student Speaker Bureau coach. “For HPU to be in the top four teams of the tournament was a great accomplishment by these two young men.”
Freeland also advanced to semifinals in impromptu speaking.
Other team members who competed in the tournament were Brooklyn Britton, sophomore theatre major from Brownwood; Esmerelda Maldonado, freshman communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Whitney; Lucy Manning, freshman communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth; Madison Neal, sophomore communication and social science jurisprudence major from Chandler; and Aimee Orozco, senior communication and Spanish major from Shepherd. Richelle Hair, instructor of communication, assisted with the team.
The team’s next event will be hosting the British National Debate team in an exhibition debate this Sunday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.
For more information about HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, visit www.hputx.edu/ssb.
Cutline: Members of HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau were named semifinalists at a recent tournament. Team members include (back row, from left) Dr. Julie Welker (coach), Aimee Orozco, Lucy Manning and Esmerelda Maldonado and (front row, from left) Christopher Freeland, Madison Neal, Brooklyn Britton and Tyler Olin.