Robert Thomas '11
The Franklin Debating
Society completed its 2010-11 season at the Collegiate Forensic Tournament
in Ocean City, Maryland by winning the year-long top school award. The win makes
R-MC the first-place school in three of the five Collegiate Forensic Association
(CFA) events. The R-MC team won the year-long championship award and the coveted
On March 15, the Debating Society presented President Lindgren with the Welch-Strine
Cup. Click on
Award Presentation to view a slideshow of photos.
The CFA is a 20-school league. Its members include Cornell, Penn, Bowling Green,
Bloomsburg, Morgan State, Hampton, Ursinus, Alderson-Broaddus, and R-MC.
In parliamentary debate, R-MC teams won 1st (Robert Thomas '11 and Jessee Perry
'11), 3rd (Crystal Thomas '13 and Hayley Williamson '13), and 5th (Kat Bundy '14
and Matt Launderville '13). The combined record was 11-2. They also won five of
the six individual debaters awards: Kat Bundy 1st, Robert Thomas 3rd, Crystal Thomas
4th, Jessee Perry 5th, and Hayley Williamson 6th. In Lincoln-Douglas debate, Ethan
Franz '12 finished 4th.
In the forensics events, R-MC students were strong in a variety of events:
Poetry Reading: Franz 1st, Robert Thomas 3rd
Prose Reading: Williamson 1st, Franz 2nd
Dramatic Duo: Franz & Williamson 4th
Informative Speaking: Robert Thomas 2nd, Crystal Thomas 4th, Allison Tames '13 6th
Persuasive Speaking: Bundy 4th
Communication Analysis: Williamson 5th, Crystal Thomas 6th
Extemporaneous Speaking: Crystal Thomas 5th, Robert Thomas 6th
Impromptu Speaking: Franz 3rd, Bundy 4th, Williamson 5th
Four students won pentathlon awards for competing in five or more events: Franz
2nd, Williamson 3rd, Robert Thomas 4th, Crystal Thomas 5th.
Year-long awards are also given at the CFA event. Franz was the top competitor year-long
in three events: poetry interpretation, prose interpretation, and impromptu speaking.
Crystal Thomas was top in communication analysis, and Robert Thomas was top in parliamentary
Ted Sheckels, the A.G. Ingram Professor of English,
coaches the R-MC Franklin Debating Society students. Sheckels is a
communication 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.