In November 2009, the Franklin Debating Society competed at Morgan State University.
Members of Randolph-Macon College’s Franklin Debating Society participated at the
Collegiate Forensic Association’s Winter Tournament in Charleston, South Carolina
January 28-30, 2010.
In parliamentary debate, R-MC teams took 1st place (Jon Schmeelk ’10 and Jessee
Perry ’11), 3rd (Samantha Bradshaw ’11 and Crystal Thomas ’13), and 6th (Vi Mai
’11 and Berhana Ibrahem ’10). Schmeelk was the #1 individual debater in the tournament
and he also won 6th place in impromptu speaking.
R-MC’s first-year trio of Crystal Thomas, Michelle Nieporte ’13 and Jessica Stone
’13 did quite well in the individual speaking events. Thomas was 1st in prose interpretation
and 3rd in informative speaking; Nieporte was 2nd in dramatic interpretation and
6th in informative speaking; and Stone was 2nd in prose interpretation and 3rd in
Jessee Perry was 4th in both informative speaking and after-dinner (humorous) speaking;
Samantha Bradshaw was 6th in after-dinner speaking; and Vi Mai was 5th in informative
Overall, R-MC finished 2nd, just a handful of points behind Brooklyn College and
a few point ahead of Alderson-Broaddus College.
R-MC Professor Ted Sheckels, the A.G. Ingram Professor of English, coaches the R-MC
Franklin Debating Society students. Sheckels is a communications studies and English
professor and the director of speaking for the Higgins Academic Center. He is assisted
by part-time communication studies instructor John Mingus.