Forensics & Debate Invites You to Be the Judge

| February 19, 2013

Webster’s Forensic and Debate team will host and compete with over 90 schools from across the country at the 100th Annual Pi Kappa Delta Tournament March 14-16

The Webster University Forensic and Debate program needs your help to make a success of a national tournament marking the 100th anniversary of Pi Kappa Delta to be celebrated on Webster’s St. Louis campus March 14-16.

Pi Kappa Delta is the nation’s oldest and largest collegiate forensic society. Close to 90 schools and more than 800 students, educators and guests from across the country are expected to attend this special event. Webster was approached six years ago to host this centennial, largely because of our history with hosting large, successful tournaments.

That success is a direct reflection of a community of alumni and friends who support forensics and are willing to serve as guest judges for the many performance, speaking, discussion and debate events. “I must emphasize — no experience is necessary and, in fact, having individuals less familiar with forensics is central to some of the events we offer,” says Forensics & Debate director Scott Jensen.

“The only requirement is a willingness to be open-minded and fair and to provide written feedback with which students can understand their ratings so they can improve in the future.”

The competition runs from Thursday, March 14, – Saturday, March 16, with 21 different events offered during three days. Individuals are able to judge for pay or as volunteers; each round judged earns $10. Individuals willing to commit the entire three-day period as full-time, unrestricted judges are offered a bonus of $300.

Click here for the Tournament Schedule and Judging Form [PDF]. Please return the form with times available clearly marked. Forensics & Debate will be in touch concerning instructions and a complete packet of instructions for the various events being offered.

Contact Scott Jensen at jensensc@webster.edu with any questions or concerns.

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