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Boise State’s Talkin’ Broncos speech and debate team wins national awards

Boise State University’s Pi Kappa Delta 2013-2014 national champion speech and debate team finished its season with wins at the National Comprehensive Tournament (NCT) in Indianapolis, Ind., and the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) Championship in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The Talkin’ Broncos took second-place sweepstakes in team debate in Tennessee and fifth place in overall sweepstakes in Indiana. The team also was named fourth place in the country for season sweepstakes in IPDA.
The Talkin’ Broncos were up against a broad range of competitors that included West Point, Whitworth University, Ball State University, Oral Roberts University, LSU-Shreveport, Purdue University, Marshall University and Southwest Baptist University.
Here are more details about the winners:
Jordan Brady (junior, Boise) was recognized as the ninth-best IPDA speaker in the nation in the professional division.
IPDA National Tournament results
Both Brady and the team of Casey McManus (junior, McCall) and Fred Swanstrum (sophomore, Kuna) were semi-finalists. Other top competitors include Lauren Bramwell (senior, St. Anthony), Dalton Hellman (senior, Canby, Ore.), Brittany Clark (junior, Kuna), Brandon Sams (freshman, Mountain Home) and Gabe Garcia (senior, Boise), who all finished as octo-finalists. Brianna Dyer (sophomore, Caldwell) was recognized as the seventh-best novice speaker at the tournament and Hellman as the 10th-best varsity speaker. In team debate, Mark Galaviz (junior, Mesa, Ariz.) and Lauren Peña (freshman, Meridian), and Bramwell and Hellman both finished as octo-finalists.
NCT results 
The parliamentary debate team of Allie Taylor (junior, Vancouver, Wash.) and McManus advanced through all rounds of competition to finish second overall at the national tournament, with McManus receiving the 13th-place speaker award. In British parliamentary debate, the team of Devon Downey (junior, Meridian)and KayCee Babb (junior, Weiser) advanced through all rounds of competition to finish third place overall. Bramwell finished as a semi-finalist, winning the fifth-place speaker award. Brady finished as a quarter-finalist and won the eighth-place speaker award. Taylor Ashe (sophomore, Star) finished as an octo-finalist and won the ninth-place speaker award. Both Peña and Galaviz were octo-finalists, earning fourth- and third-place speaker awards. Both Garcia and Dyer were novice octo-finalists, with Sams earning the sixth-place speaker award in the novice division.
In NCT individual events, Bramwell and Ashe had the top finishes, with Bramwell finishing as a semi-finalist in program oral interpretation and a quarter-finalist in prose interpretation, and Ashe finishing as a semi-finalist in persuasive speaking. Other top competitors include:
• Swanstrum was a quarter-finalist in persuasive speaking, program oral interpretation, and poetry interpretation
Alishia Jonas (junior, Meridian) was a quarter-finalist in both impromptu and persuasion
• Sams was a quarter-finalist in both informative speaking and communication analysis
Cyndi Kerr (junior, Attleboro, Mass.) was a quarter-finalist in both dramatic interpretation and improv duo pairs
• McManus was a quarter-finalist in improv duo pairs and received an excellent in both persuasive speaking and extemporaneous speaking
• Brady was a quarter-finalist in communication analysis and received an excellent in extemporaneous speaking
• Downey was a quarter-finalist in extemporaneous speaking
• Peña was a quarter-finalist in extemporaneous speaking
• The team of Dyer and Alex Floate (freshman, Meridian) were quarter-finalists in improv duo pairs
Norm Miller (junior, Boise) received an excellent in extemporaneous speaking
• Taylor received an excellent in extemporaneous speaking
For more information about the Talkin’ Broncos, contact Hicks atmandahicks@boisestate.edu.
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