The Franklin Debating Society won the CFA Spring Tournament
and successfully defended the Welch-Strine Cup.
Randolph-Macon College’s Franklin Debating Society competed at the Collegiate Forensics
Association (CFA) Spring Tournament March 1-2, 2013 in Ocean City, Maryland. They
won the tournament and successfully defended the Welch-Strine Cup as the league’s
In parliamentary debate, the team of Crystal Thomas ’13 and
Hayley Williamson ’13 placed 4th with a 4-1 record and the team of
Sean Smith ’14 and Tim Johnson ’13 placed 5th
with a 4-1 record. Matt Launderville ’13 was 4th best individual
debater and Thomas was 6th.
In extemporaneous speaking, Williamson took 4th and Thomas took 6th. In impromptu
speaking, Williamson took 2nd and Launderville took 3rd. In informative speaking,
Kristian Spencer '14 took 3rd, and in persuasive speaking,
Allison Tames ’13 took 3rd and Williamson took 4th.
In after-dinner (humorous) speaking, Derek Dittmar ’16 took 4th.
In communication analysis (rhetorical criticism), Launderville took 1st, Thomas
took 2nd and Rebecca Ream ’16 took 4th.
In poetry interpretation, Smith took 3rd; Leigh Bartlett ’14 took
5th; and Tames took 6th. In prose interpretation, Natalie Clark ’15
took 6th. In dramatic interpretation, Raymond Ruybe ’13 took 3rd.In
pentathlon, Williamson was 4th, and Launderville was 6th.
At this event, the CFA also awards year-long honors in all of the speaking events.
Williamson was the year-long winner in both extemporaneous and impromptu speaking
and Thomas was the runner-up in extemporaneous speaking.
Dittmar was runner-up in after-dinner speaking. Launderville won year-long honors
in communication analysis, with Thomas the runner-up. Tames was runner-up in poetry
interpretation, and Clark was the outstanding novice in prose interpretation.
“CFA also said farewell to the large number of seniors who make up this squad,”
says English and
Communication Studies Professor Ted Sheckels, who serves as coach for the
Franklin Debating Society. “The win at the tournament and the defense of the Welch-Strine
Cup was a team effort, and I congratulate the team for a fine tournament and a fine
season.” Sheckels credits the team’s success to “this outstanding core group of
seniors,” and he also appreciates that the team as a whole “represents a wide range
of R-MC majors from science and math to the arts.”
Communication Studies Professor John Mingus also serves as a coach for the Franklin