Talkin’ Broncos Win Third Consecutive National Championship

via Boise State University Update 

The Boise State University Talkin’ Broncos are the 2015-2016 Pi Kappa Delta National Champions in Speech and Debate.

Boise State successfully defended its 2013-2014 national championship title and took first place overall at the 49th Pi Kappa Delta National Speech and Debate Biennial tournament in Athens, Ohio, March 5-8. The Talkin’ Broncos beat out 78 other schools from 36 states — including Marquette University, Marshall University, Texas Christian University, University of Kentucky and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign — to win the tournament championship.

“Our diversity in debate won this national championship,” said Manda Hicks, director of forensics. “Some schools are able to dominate in speaking events; other schools are able to dominate in one format of debate. Boise State had top performances in five different styles of debate and all speaking events. Winning a national championship requires brutal preparation and full and whole-hearted student commitment, and the hard work paid off — again.

In Public Forum Debate, the team of Ryan Orlando (sophomore, Meridian) and Mackenzie Moss (freshman, Boise) were the tournament champions. Orlando and partner Justin Henry (junior, Kennewick, Washington) were also the tournament champions in Junior Parliamentary Debate. Henry also received a Superior award in Student Congress. The team of Casey McManus (senior, McCall) and Luke Yeates (sophomore, Boise) received a Superior in Public Forum. Alishia Jonas (senior, Nampa) was the tournament champion in Discussion. Fred Swanstrum (junior, Kuna) received a Superior in Student Congress. Jordan Brady (senior, Boise) received a Superior in Public Debate. Brady and his partner Mark Galaviz (senior, Mesa, Arizona) received an Excellent in Public Forum. Moss and Junior Parliamentary Debate partner Hailie Johnson-Waskow (freshman, Nampa) received an Excellent award. KayCee Babb (senior, Weiser) received an Excellent award in both Public Debate and Student Congress. McManus received an Excellent award in Public Debate. Taylor Ashe (junior, Star) received an Excellent award in Discussion. Brandon Sams (sophomore, Mountain Home) received an Excellent award in Student Congress.

Boise State also took the top Superior award in Oral History for a short film produced by Matt Mudd (junior, Nampa), Swanstrum, Moss and Babb. This is the fourth time in a row that Boise State has been recognized for top Oral History at the Pi Kappa Delta National Championship. Past award-winning Boise State Oral History film subjects include Bethine Church and C. Harvey Pitman. This year’s film focused on the Pi Kappa Delta’s legacy of education in Idaho.

Top competitors in Individual Speaking Events included: Jonas, who received three Superior awards in Broadcast Journalism, Interviewing and Persuasive Speaking; Galaviz, who received the tournament’s Top Superior Award in Prose interpretation, a Superior in interviewing, and Excellent awards in both Dramatic Interpretation and Broadcast Journalism; Swanstrum, who received Superior awards in Poetry Interpretation, Broadcast Journalism, and Persuasive Speaking and Excellent awards in After Dinner Speaking and Program Oral Interpretation; McManus, who received Superior awards in Interviewing and Broadcast Journalism, and an Excellent award in Impromptu Speaking; Yeats, who received Superior awards in Broadcast Journalism and Interviewing and an Excellent award in Extemporaneous Speaking; Alex Floate (sophomore, Meridian) who received a Superior award in Impromptu Speaking; and Ashe who received a Superior award in Broadcast Journalism; Brady, who received Excellent awards in Duo Interpretation, Communication Analysis, Dramatic Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Broadcast Journalism and Extemporaneous Speaking; Devon Downey (senior, Nampa), who received Excellent awards in Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, and Broadcast Journalism; Allie Taylor (senior, Vancouver, Washington), who received Excellent awards in Broadcast Journalism, Impromptu Speaking, and Program Oral Interpretation; Moss, who received Excellent awards in Persuasive Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Broadcast Journalism; Brandy Music (junior, Kuna), who received Excellent awards in both Duo Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation; Brianna Dyer (junior, Caldwell), who took Excellent awards in both Program Oral Interpretation and Broadcast Journalism; Kayla Griffin (senior, Boise), who received Excellent awards in both Poetry Interpretation and Interviewing; Johnson-Waskow, who received Excellent awards in both Persuasive Speaking and Interviewing; Mudd, who received an Excellent in both Extemporaneous Speaking and Program Oral Interpretation; Cyndi Kerr (junior, Attleboro, Massachusetts), who received an Excellent in Prose Interpretation; Babb, who received an Excellent in Program Oral Interpretation; Sams, who received an Excellent in Communication Analysis; and Henry, who received an Excellent in Informative Speaking.

In addition to the team success, Lauren Bramwell (alumna, St Anthony) and Swanstrum were named to the 2015-2016 Pi Kappa Delta All-American Team, an award bestowed biennially to 10 competitors with exemplary academic records who demonstrate a history of community service and exceptional forensics success. Boise State was the only school in attendance to boast two All-Americans.

This win finishes up the Talkin’ Broncos regular season. Boise State will host the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) National Championship March 27-29. Qualifying squads continue on to the National Parliamentary Debate Championship in Kansas City, Kansas, and the University World’s Championship in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Talkin’ Broncos are supported in part through the generosity of the Jeker Family Trust. For more information about the Talkin’ Broncos, or how to get involved with the IPDA National Championship, contact Manda Hicks, director of forensics at Boise State, at mandahicks@boisestate.edu.