The National Champion Boise State Speech and Debate team kicked off its 2013-2014 season with a dominating performance at the Fran Tanner Invitational at College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls Sept. 27-28. Competing with six other schools from the Northwest, the Talkin’ Broncos took top awards in debate, broke finals in 28 individual events, placed first in sweepstakes, and were awarded the Idaho Speech Conference Cup for the 13th consecutive year.
In open division public debate, the Talkin’ Broncos emerged from preliminary rounds with the top six of eight seeds. Jordan Brady (junior, Boise) was the top award winner, taking gold. Mark Galaviz (junior, Mesa, Ariz.) was the tournament’s top finalist, taking second place overall and a silver award. Also winning silver was Moriah Murray (freshman, Boise), with Fred Swanstrum (sophomore, Kuna), Derlin Hammon (freshman, Meridian) and Lauren Bramwell (senior, St. Anthony) all finishing with bronze awards.
Top 10 speakers in open division included Hammon in first place, Galaviz in third place, Bramwell in fourth place and Casey McManus (junior, McCall) in 10th place. In novice division Public Debate, Logan Doperalski (senior, Boise) won the 10-place speaker award.
In British Parliamentary debate, finalists included Devon Downey (junior, Nampa) andAlex Floate (freshman, Meridian), finishing second place overall, and the team of KayCee Babb (junior, Weiser) and Brandon Sams (freshman, Mountain Home) finishing third. Speaker awards in British Parliament went to Downey (third place), Floate (sixth place) and Babb (seventh place).
The Talkin’ Broncos continue on to Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., for the first conference tournament of the year Oct. 11-13. The Talkin’ Broncos are the 2013 Pi Kappa Delta National Champions in Speech and Debate and are supported in part through the generosity of the Jeker Family Trust. For more information about the Talkin’ Broncos, contact Hicks at email@example.com.