The Boise State University Talkin’ Broncos are the 2013-2014 Pi Kappa Delta National Champions in speech and debate.

Boise State successfully defended its 2011-2012 national championship title and took first place overall at the 48th annual Pi Kappa Delta National Speech and Debate biennial tournament in St. Louis, Mo., March 13-16. The Talkin’ Broncos beat out 88 other schools from 36 states to win the tournament championship.

Boise State also won the national championship in 2011 and 2005 and was runner-up in 2007 and 2009 at the biennial tournament.

In addition to the team success, Watkins was named to the 2013-2014 Pi Kappa Delta All-American team, an award bestowed biennially to seven competitors with exemplary academic records who demonstrate a history of community service and exceptional forensics success. Watkins also was awarded Top Student Paper in the student scholarship competition.

This win finishes up the Talkin’ Broncos regular season. Qualifying squads continue on to the National Parliamentary Debate Championship in Stockton, Calif., March 22-26 and the National Individual Event Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas, April 5-9. The Talkin’ Broncos are supported in part through the generosity of the Jeker Family Trust. For more information about the Talkin’ Broncos, contact Manda Hicks, director of forensics at Boise State, at mandahicks@boisestate.edu.