Putnam County students win in TTU speech and debate competitions
Several Tennessee Tech University students this semester helped to bring home more awards for the speech and debate team.
Laton Key, of Baxter, won fourth place in informative speaking at the Berea and Cumberland Swing Tournament at Kentucky’s Berea College. There, the team also won second place in the large school debate sweepstakes and third place in the large school individual events sweepstakes.
Key is a junior biology and health sciences major. He is a graduate of Upperman High School.
Cookeville’s Margaret Cody won several awards at the two competitions the team attended this year.
At the BBQ Capital of the World tournament at Kentucky’s Owensboro Community and Technical College, she was the tenth place speaker in novice debate, and a finalist in persuasive speaking and in informative speaking. She also won the top novice award in persuasive speaking and was a quarterfinalist in open debate.
At the Berea and Cumberland Swing tournament in Kentucky, she won the top novice award in public speaking, third place in informative speaking, third place in novice persuasive speaking, fifth place in persuasive speaking and third place in the Quadrathlon. At that competition, the team also won second place in the large school debate sweepstakes and third place in the large school individual events sweepstakes.
Cody is a senior interdisciplinary studies major, blending history and political science. She is a graduate of Daniel 1 Academy.