Lawton, Ok. – Sixteen states sent participants to Cameron University over the weekend as the Lawton campus hosted the 21st annual novice national tournament for speech and debate students. Cameron finished with the highest number of team points just ahead of Florida State University in capturing 16 awards and winning the title of "National Champion." According to CU's Eddie Skaggs, director of the team, "We have a good core of first-year competitors who are excited about the activity. They work hard, and they are very deserving of the 'National Champion' title." Cameron also had four of the top ten students. Honors included: Duo Interpretation, Second Place for Zach Fort and Allegra Kephart; National Champiionship in Persuasive Speaking for Zach Fort; Impromptu Speaking, Third Place as well as After Dinner Speaking, Third Place for Sarah Collins; Dramatic Interpretation, Fourth Pace for Amber Reed.