R-MC won 1st place overall in the
Morgan State University tournament.
Franklin Debating Society participated in the Morgan State University debate
and forensics tournament November 9-10, 2012. They won 1st place overall, outscoring
second-place Lafayette college 155 to 130.
In parliamentary debate, R-MC’s overall record was 13-7 with the team of Crystal
Thomas ’13 and Hayley Williamson ’13 2nd, the team
of Allison Tames ’13 and Mikhaila Calice ’15 5th,
and the team of Matt Launderville ’13 and Derek Dittmar ’16
6th. Williamson was 1st-place speaker, Dittmar was 2nd-place speaker, Tames
was 3rd-place speaker, and Calice was 5th-place speaker.
R-MC scored in all but one of the 10 forensics events.
In Poetry Interpretation, Sean Smith ‘14 was 3rd. In Dramatic Interpretation,
Calice was 5th and Thomas was 6th. In Dramatic Duo Interpretation, Calice and
Jamie Ramsey ’15 were 5th.
In Informative Speaking, Kristian Spencer ’14 was 5th. In Persuasive
Speaking, Smith was 5th and Jane Luu ’16 was 6th. In After-Dinner
Speaking, Dittmar was 2nd and Michelle Nieporte ’13 was 6th. In
Communication Analysis, Thomas was 3rd, Rebecca Ream ’16 was 4th,
Launderville was 5th, and Ramsey was 6th.
In Extemporaneous Speaking, Williamson was 5th and Thomas was 6th. In Impromptu
Speaking, Williamson was 3rd and Ramsey was 6th. In Pentathlon, R-MC finished 1-2-3-4:
Williamson, Thomas, Tames, and Launderville.
“Lafayette proved a tough foe,” says English
and Communication Studies Professor
and Franklin Debating Society Coach Ted Sheckels. “In the finals in extemporaneous
speaking and impromptu speaking, for example, R-MC and Lafayette were the only two
schools in contention. In forensics, the battle was pretty even, but R-MC’s strength
in debate provided a healthy winning margin.” Communication Studies Professor John
Mingus also serves as a coach for the Franklin Debating Society.
Members of the Franklin
Debating Society compete intercollegiately in debate and a range of forensics
activities. The Society hosts the touring British debaters in the fall and a 19th
century-style debating event now in its 12th year.