Speech and Debate team triumphs nationally

Posted April 18, 2011

This month, ACU's Speech and Debate team won two national titles at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament in Portland, Ore. Individuals from the team placed in the top 10 in platform speeches. Pi Kappa Delta, the national forensic organization, hosted more than 100 schools from around the country at this year's tournament.

"We congratulate our student competitors for their success," says Dena Counts, director of ACU's Forensics program. "We recognize the hard work it has taken to get to the top. Way to go!"

The ACU team won third in debate sweepstakes, beating out 80 other teams.

Individually, freshman Sam Groom won the Novice Individual Parliamentary Debate National Title against 90 other competitors. Juniors Jeff Craig and Jared Perkins took the Open Parliamentary Debate National Title, triumphing in a field of 60 total teams. Perkins was also declared top speaker at the tournament, while Craig was recognized as second-best speaker.

In competitions for platform speeches such as Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, and After Dinner Speaking, there are typically more than 150 entries in each category. ACU students placed in the top 10 in every division.

Senior Brianna Bowman won third place in Communication Analysis for her speech on "Ashley Madison.com's Effects on Discursive Space." Senior Scott Adrian won sixth place in After Dinner Speaking for his speech on "Male Objectification." Both Bowman and Adrian also won awards for Impromptu Speaking. Junior Margaret Moore won sixth place in Informative Speaking for her speech on "Echolocation and Its Uses for Those Who are Blind."

Sophomores Victoria Knaupp and Toni Maisano went to semi-finals in JV Parliamentary Debate, and seniors Samuel Palomares and Brianna Bowman won awards in Small Group Discussion.

Learn more about ACU Forensics on the group's webpage.