The reigning Pi Kappa Delta National Champions in speech and debate, the Boise State University Talkin’ Broncos, took first-place in overall sweepstakes at the Oregon State University ninth annual Earl Wells Speakeasy Memorial Tournament held in Corvallis, Ore., Feb. 23-24. The Talkin’ Broncos beat out 14 other schools to win the tournament championship.
In a field of 75 Open Public Debate competitors, Josh Watkins (senior, Kuna) took one of three gold awards, Howie Long (senior, Orange Park, Fla.) took one of three silver awards, and Taylor Ashe (freshman, Star) took one of six bronze awards. In a field of 55 Novice Public Debate competitors, Norm Miller (sophomore, Boise) took one of six bronze awards. Speaker awards went to Monica Cutler (senior, Fairfield) for second place, Lauren Bramwell (junior, St. Anthony) for fourth place, and Watkins for fifth place.
The Talkin’ Broncos continue on to the 2013 Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament beginning March 13 in St Louis, Mo. The Talkin’ Broncos are the defending Pi Kappa Delta National Champions in Speech and Debate and are supported in part through the generosity of the Jeker Family Trust.