No Fall ‘Break’ for Forensic and Debate: Team Travels, Places in Two Tournaments

| October 30, 2013
The Forensic and Debate team was awarded the top Pi Kappa Delta program in the field of schools at the Purdue tournament.

The Forensic and Debate team was awarded the top Pi Kappa Delta program in the field of schools at the Purdue University tournament Oct. 26-27.

Last week was hardly a “break” week for the Webster University Forensic and Debate team: They spent the fall break traveling to two tournaments, returning with several awards.

The first weekend of the break, Oct. 19-20, was spent at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, with competition by 30 schools from 11 states. DJ Duncan, a freshman dance major, brought home multiple awards, winning third place honors in poetry interpretation, and teaming with Sierra Weber, a junior special education major, to win sixth place honors in duo interpretation.

Makenna Perkal, a freshman theatre arts major, was a semifinalist in prose interpretation.

The team ended their fall break with a trip to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., Oct. 26-27. Weber won second place honors in prose and dramatic interpretation, and teamed with Duncan for fifth place in duo interpretation. Duncan was also fourth in poetry interpretation. Perkal won fourth place honors in dramatic interpretation and fifth place honors in prose.

Kaitey Yunek, a freshman film production major, won two debate speaker awards—third in junior varsity and ninth in varsity. She and her partner, junior creative writing major Stephen Moore, were also semifinalists in junior varsity parliamentary debate and quarterfinalists in varsity parliamentary debate. The individual successes combined to earn the team the award as the top Pi Kappa Delta program in the field of schools at Purdue.

The team will devote the remainder of the fall semester preparing for spring competition, which begins in January at Butler University. They end the fall semester by hosting their annual Study Break Debate Tournament Dec. 7, where the team has finished first in the team sweepstakes competition for the past five years.

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