Forensics and Debate Places in Top 10 at Nationals

| March 20, 2012

Webster University’s Forensic and Debate program continued a streak established in 2000 by finishing in the top 10 overall sweepstakes competition at this year’s Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament. The team competed over spring break in Overland Park, KS in a field of 68 teams from 27 states.

Additionally, the team finished in the top 10 in both individual events and debate team sweepstakes.  The young squad of 10 students competed over three days in 17 different events.  Specific awards earned by the team include:

7th           Team Sweepstakes
7th           Debate Sweepstakes
9th           Individual Events Sweepstakes

2nd          Top Scholarly Paper                                  Shea Holland
3rd           To Honor Scholarship Video                   Shea Holland
Semifinalist, Novice Public Debate                         Ronnie Marchlewski
Semfinalist, Open Parliamentary Debate              Justin Raymundo & Shea Holland
Outstanding Legislator, Student Congress           Andrea Pepper
Semifinalists, Poetry Interpretation                       Justin Raymundo
Semifinalists, Duo Interpretation                           Justin Raymundo & Melissa Uhl
Semifinalists, After Dinner Speaking                     Shea Holland
Semifinalists, Persuasive Speaking                        Sierra Weber
Quarterfinalists, Informative Speaking                 Justin Raymundo
Quarterfinalists, Poetry Interpretation                  Gary Jackson
Quarterfinalists, Poetry Interpretation                  Melissa Uhl
Quarterfinalists, After-Dinner Speaking                Justin Raymundo
Quarterfinalists, Duo Interpretation                       Gary Jackson & Sierra Weber
Octafinalists, Novice Parliamentary Debate          Sierra Weber & Melanie Smith
Excellent Rating, Impromptu Speaking                 Justin Raymundo
Excellent Rating, Dramatic Interpretation            Sierra Weber
Excellent Rating, Communication Analysis          Taylor Roberson
Excellent Rating, Forensic Criticism                      Gary Jackson
Excellent Rating, Prose Interpretation                  Sierra Weber
Presiding Officer Gavel, Student Congress           Taylor Roberson
Presiding Officer Gavel, Student Congress           Andrea Pepper

In all, the team returned with 25 individual and team honors. Their success is highlighted by half the team being  novice competitors. Seven alumni of the program joined the team in Kansas City as tournament staff members and tournament critics.

Pi Kappa Delta is the largest and oldest of America’s three collegiate forensic honor societies. The honorary celebrates its 100th anniversary next March when Webster hosts their national tournament. Adjunct professor of Speech Communication Studies Gina Jensen is the current Pi Kappa Delta National President. Scott Jensen, professor of Speech Communication Studies,  serves as Pi Kappa Delta’s National Tournament Director.

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