November 2009
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amy Ford
Jill Frye
East Central University
Communications and Marketing
580-559-5650 405-812-1428 (cell)
Or Dr. Robert Greenstreet, Communication Department, 580-559-5485

 

 

ECU SPEECH, DEBATE TEAM RANKS FIRST AMONG STATE SCHOOLS AT CONTEST 

The Tiger speech and debate team from East Central University ranked first among Oklahoma colleges and universities in individual events competition at the Blue Dragon Invitational Nov. 7-8 at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. Marissa Williams, Brittany Trail and Barb Tiry all brought home awards.

Marissa Williams (from left), Jessica Cates, David Houchin and Brittany Trail, members of East Central University's speech and debate team, take a break between rounds of competition at the Blue Dragon Invitational at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.
Marissa Williams (from left), Jessica Cates, David Houchin and Brittany Trail, members of East Central University's speech and debate team, take a break between rounds of competition at the Blue Dragon Invitational at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

Williams, a sophomore special education major from Allen, Texas, finished sixth in Persuasive Speaking. She teamed with Trail, a senior speech education major from Ada, to earn fifth place in Duo Drama Interpretation. Tiry, a freshman speech education major from Skiatook who was participating in her first intercollegiate tournament, ranked fourth in Poetry Interpretation.

David Houchin, a sophomore advertising/public relations major from Ada, was within a single point of reaching the final round of Impromptu Speaking. It was Houchin's first tournament. Jessica Cates, a junior speech education major from Holdenville, rounded out the Tiger entry.

The Blue Dragon Invitational was the first of two tournaments hosted that weekend by HCC. The Tigers also fared well at the second tournament, with Tiry finishing fourth in Program Oral Interpretation. Trail lost a tiebreaker to miss out on the final round in Program Oral Interpretation. Trail and Williams were one point away from the final round of Duo Drama Interpretation. Williams finished one point from the final round in Persuasive Speaking.

For more information about the Tiger speech and debate program, contact Dr. Robert Greenstreet, professor of communication studies, at 580-559-5485.

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