Southeast Debate Team Members Earn Awards at Otterbein University’s Fall Otter Tournament


Taylor Looney

The Southeast Debate team captured first, second and fourth place awards at Otterbein University’s Fall Otter Tournament, Oct. 11-12 in Westerville, Ohio.

Taylor Looney, a senior anthropology major from Arnold, Missouri, marched through the preliminary rounds winning four ballots and advanced into the final round against Ball State University. On a 2-1 decision she was awarded first place. In addition to winning the tournament, Taylor was also awarded the fourth-place speaker award.

Camille Shoals

Camille Shoals, a freshman double major in political science and communication studies, rhetoric and public communication option from Black Jack, Missouri, also had a successful tournament and was recognized as the second place speaker but missed advancing into elimination rounds by a single ballot.

The Redhawks Debate team will next compete at Slippery Rock University on Oct. 18-19.

T.J. Lakin, assistant professor of communication studies with the Department of Communication Studies and Modern Languages, is the faculty advisor for the debate team, which won national championships for three consecutive years from 2016-2018.