CWI Speech and Debate Wins National Championship

Published: April 7, 2017

The 2016-17 College of Western Idaho (CWI) Speech and Debate team finished their competitive season with a community college national championship at the 50th Pi Kappa Delta (PKD) Biennial National Tournament.

The tournament, held at Boise State University from March 21-25, marked the 100 year anniversary of the Nation’s oldest speech and debate fraternity. Out of 72 schools competing from across the United States, CWI placed first among two-year schools. This championship is CWI’s fifth in the last seven seasons (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017).

Twenty one students represented CWI, with fifteen participating in a national tournament for the first time. Over four days of competition rounds, the competitors secured a total of 22 individual awards across speech and debate events.

 “My team/coaches gave me so much support in overcoming so many fears that when I finally performed it felt liberating to overcome all the anxiety of performing!” – Kerry Meredith

“The CWI speech and debate team has become like a second family to me. It has some of the most phenomenal, hard-working people I've ever met, and I'm proud to call them my teammates. Our success at nationals was well earned and I wouldn't want to share the victory with any other group of people.” - Remington Grunewald

“The only way to describe how I felt when CWI was named the national champions for division three schools is pure elation. Over the course of a year, I've seen a group of strangers come together as one and pull off an extremely difficult task. It has simply been an honor to be part of and witness to it.” - Christopher Tucci

CWI’s Speech and Debate team was supported by 28 volunteer judges, including CWI faculty and staff, alumni, and community supporters.

Pi Kappa Delta Nationals Results:

Team Results

In Community College Division
Overall Sweepstakes National Champions in Community College Division

Ranked against all schools (two-year and four-year)
Excellent (Top 20%) in Combined Individual Events
Excellent (Top 20%) in Combined Debate Events
Excellent (Top 20%) in Overall Sweepstakes
Bob Derryberry Cumulative Points Award - 3rd Place Entering Next Season

Speech Results

After Dinner Speaking
Silver- Asia Miller

Gold- Asia Miller
Silver- Andrew Castro
Bronze- Kerry Meredith
Bronze- Kevin Sievers

Dramatic Interpretation
Silver- Andrew Castro
Bronze- Katie Newcomer

Bronze- Asia Miller

Silver- Andrew Castro

Bronze- Madison Scott

Bronze- Aleli Snively

Program Oral Interpretation
Bronze- Andrew Castro
Bronze- Asia Miller

Debate Results

Top Legislator National Champion- Andrew Castro
Presiding Officer Award- Malachi Raass
Gold- Andrew Castro
Silver- Garret Escobedo
Bronze- Kelly McAughey
Bronze- Malachi Raass

Novice IPDA
Semi-Finalist- Katie Newcomer
Silver- Katie Newcomer

Worlds (British Parliamentary)
Finalists- Kerry Meredith & Remington Grunewald 

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