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Nicole's acting career started when she entered Competitive High School Speech & Debate at the age of 14. During her high school career, she stared as the lead female role in her Sophomore, Junior, and Senior One-Act play and received awards for All-Region cast. She also received All-State in Dramatic Duet her Sophomore and Junior years and All-State in Dramatic Interpretation her Junior year. Among her placings at the state competition, she also received 3rd in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and 4th in Cross-Examination Debate. Her Junior year, she qualified in Dramatic Duo for the National Speech and Debate tournament in Philadelphia, PA. Her senior year, she participated in the play Annie at the Southwest Playhouse in Clinton, Oklahoma. She was selected for 2 roles, one being a solo scene within the play. She was awarded an acting scholarship from the Southwest Playhouse. During high school she also participated in Girl's State where she had many opportunities to publicly speak in a political setting.

After high school, Nicole studied at Southwestern Oklahoma State University majoring in Speech Communication Arts with a minor in Education. She participated in Theatre and completed many courses which enhanced her talents and abilities to educate others in public speaking and acting. After graduating high school she also became an active judge for various schools at Speech and Debate competitions and has had a chance to work one on one with many students who have achieved sucess in regional, state, and district competitions.

Daniel began his speech and debate tenure in the 7th grade. Beginning in novice competitions, he competed in events like prose & humorous duet. Daniel continued his participation throughout high school by participating in: prose, poetry, foreign extemporaneous speaking, standard oratory, policy debate, and one act. His positions in one act included tech operator, tech director, supporting role, and lead role. Each year participating in one act, Daniel attended the state competition. Awards included a state championship and selection as an all-star cast member.

Daniel’s passion was founded in policy debate.  He qualified for the state tournament each year he participated and ultimately earned a state championship his senior year. He also holds multiple state medals in foreign extemporaneous speaking.

Daniel’s passion for forensics earned him honors amongst the team as he was elected team president and debate captain during his senior year.  He also participated in the National Forensics League and earned the degree of Superior Distinction, Triple Ruby.

Daniel carried his passion into college and received a Communication Arts scholarship to Southwestern Oklahoma State University. During his freshman year of college, he attended the state competition and placed second in debate. Foregoing basic education courses, he completed his senior level work by the end of his second semester.

Daniel has now applied his skills to the real world through courtroom testimony and through the training and education of police officers. He currently holds the position of Chief of Police at the Cordell Police Department. He lends his success to the many years spent in speech and debate.  

Kyle participated in debate and extemporaneous speaking in high school and graduated as a valedictorian at age 16. He was a National Merit Scholar and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, with a minor in biology, from East Central University.

While engaged in undergraduate studies, he co-authored original biological research published in the Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science. His graduate studies were in sociology, with an emphasis in criminology, at the University of Oklahoma.

Kyle was also a participant in the high school academic team. His participation earned him a state championship. He was also named as the Western Oklahoma MVP.

Kyle is the author of many pieces of legislation which have been passed by the local government and exemplified throughout the state. His professional work is continually recognized by state organizations and he has been recognized as the "go to" guy for policies, procedures, and laws relating to his work.

Kyle's specialties for Act1 include: extemporaneous speaking, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Policy Debate.

Adjunct Instructors

Tiffany Thiessen - Public Speaking & Extemp