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Talkin’ Broncos Kick Off Season with Decisive Victory

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 2:11 pm / October 1, 2013

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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.

“This is a unique year — over half the team is new,” said Manda Hicks, director of forensics. “Boise State won the national championship last year, but we graduated a lot of talent and leadership. That always makes you a little anxious. But based on their performance at CSI, I think it’s clear that they are coming together quite well as a team.”

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) and Alex 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).

In individual events:

  • Dalton Hellman (senior, Canby, Ore.) led the Talkin’ Broncos in scoring with first-place finishes in extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking and informative speaking, and a second-place finish in persuasive speaking.
  • Swanstrum took first place in both persuasive speaking and poetry interpretation, third-place in program oral interpretation, and was a finalist in prose interpretation.
  • Bramwell took first place in both dramatic interpretation of literature and duo interpretation, and second place in prose interpretation.
  • Brady took first place in communication analysis, third place in duo, and was a finalist in poetry interpretation.
  • Brittany Clark (junior, Kuna) took first place in duo interpretation, third place in dramatic interpretation, and was a finalist in program oral interpretation.

Other top competitors include:

  • Floate, who took second place in impromptu and third place in communication analysis
  • Allie Taylor (junior, Vancouver, Wash.) who took second place in program oral interpretation and was a finalist in prose interpretation
  • Sams, who took second place in communication analysis
  • Galaviz, who took third place in both prose interpretation and duo interpretation, and was a finalist in dramatic interpretation
  • Babb, who took third place in after-dinner speaking and was a finalist in both program oral interpretation and informative speaking
  • Taylor Ashe (sophomore, Star), who was a finalist in prose interpretation and informative speaking
  • Brianna Dyer (sophomore, Caldwell), who was a finalist in poetry interpretation
  • Downey, who was a finalist in extemporaneous speaking
  • Alishia Jonas (junior, Folsom, Calif.), who was a finalist in persuasive speaking
  • Cyndi Kerr (junior, Attleboro, Mass.), who was a finalist in dramatic interpretation
  • McManus, who was a finalist in extemporaneous speaking
  • Norm Miller (junior, Boise), who was a finalist in extemporaneous speaking
  • Chaco Randall (junior, Boise), who was a finalist in persuasive speaking.

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 mandahicks@boisestate.edu.