Honors Students Successfully Compete on TCU Speech & Debate Team

September 8, 2017

Pi Kappa Delta Nationals

The Honors College is pleased to highlight the recent success of the TCU Speech & Debate team, formerly known as TCU Forensics. TCU Speech & Debate is a comprehensive academic program that believes in the educational value of public oration and debate. In regional and national competitions, TCU Speech & Debate team members compete in public address, oral interpretation, limited preparation speaking, parliamentary debate, and public debate. Most team members compete in at least one debate and three impromptu or extemporaneous speaking competitions.

Irish Times Debate

The TCU Speech & Debate team had a successful spring 2017 competition season. In March, four TCU competitors placed in the top 2% and seven TCU competitors placed in the top 15% in at least one event at the Pi Kappa Delta Nationals at Boise State University. Team members Timothy Betts and Veronika Bondarenko were national quarterfinalists in International Public Debate, and Amanda Bulot and Azhan Hasan were national semifinalists in National Parliamentary Debate. TCU also hosted the Irish Times Debate in March, a showcase parliamentary-style public debate, and TCU team members Veronika Bondarenko, Amanda Bulot, and Timothy Betts debated three champions of The Irish Times.

Moreover, in April 2017, the team competed at the National Forensic Association Competition at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Timothy Betts was an octofinalist in Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speaking, and Colten Meisner was an octofinalist in Impromptu Speaking. David Dunmoyer placed second in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking and sixth in Novice Impromptu Speaking, and Sarah Nichols placed fourth in Novice After Dinner Speaking.

National Forensic Association

There are currently five returning members on the TCU Speech & Debate team: Melanie Webb, Sarah Nichols, Veronika Bondarenko, Luke Gillespie, and Azhan Hasan. The team welcomes the following incoming members for the upcoming season: Shane Brewer, Luke Brundy, Ally Dunford, Dylan Kemp, Max Kinkade, Vivian Noyd, Cayla Rosenbaum, Isabelle Stahr-Fisher, and Ariana Williams. For questions about auditioning for the team or upcoming competitions, please contact a current team member or Amorette Hinderaker, the faculty sponsor.

Honors has a strong presence on the team, as Dunford, Hasan, Kinkade, and Webb are members of the Honors College. Hasan states that “being on the TCU Speech & Debate team has allowed me to exchange ideas with some of the brightest and most thoughtful students in the nation. It has forced me to think critically about my opinions and those presented to me by other people. Most importantly, I can express and share ideas that I am learning from my classes at TCU, which gives my education a sense of real-life application.”

The 2017-2018 competition season begins on September 29th with the Storm Classic at Southeast Oklahoma State University. Additional major competitions in 2018 include: the Cowtown Classic in January (hosted by TCU), the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament in March, and the National Forensics Association Tournament in April.

The Honors College looks forward to another successful season for the TCU Speech & Debate team!

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