Seven-Time National Champions!

Speech and Debate Team
April 3, 2019

College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Speech and Debate team finished the 2018-19 competitive season with another national championship win! The win came just in time to celebrate the team's 10th anniversary and is their seventh national title. 

The 51st Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Convention and National Tournament, held at Hofstra University in New York, was held March 20 – 24 and featured 71 colleges and universities. CWI finishing first among community colleges and sixth overall among the entire field.

Fourteen students represented the College at the tournament, with nine competing at the national level for the first time. In addition to the team awards, competitors brought home a total of 17 individual awards.

Team Awards

2-Year Division

1st Place — National Community College Champions

Entire Competitive Division

5th place Overall — Speech Sweepstakes
6th place overall — Debate Sweepstakes
6th place overall — Combined Sweepstakes

Individual Awards

Debate Events

Novice IPDA 

Silver Excellent Award — Tala Davis
Silver Excellent Award — Logan Worthley

Junior IPDA 

Gold Superior Award, 2nd place in the nation — Tim Cornell
Silver Excellent Award—Bryce Funkhauser
Silver Excellent Award — Sarah Darby

Open IPDA 

Gold Superior Award, 3rd place in nation —Alex Watt

Speech Events

After Dinner Speaking 

Silver Excellent Award — Alex Watt

Dramatic Interpretation

Silver Excellent Award — Tim Cornell
Silver Excellent Award — Robert Herold

Duo Interpretation

Gold Superior Award, 3rd place in nation — Bryce Funkhauser and Alex Watt
Showcase of Champions Award — Bryce Funkhauser and Alex Watt

Extemporaneous Speaking

Gold Superior Award — Robert Herold
Superior Showcase Award — Robert Herold
Gold Superior Award, 3rd place in the nation — Alex Watt

Impromptu Speaking

Silver Excellent Award — Bryce Funkhauser

Informative Speaking 

Silver Excellent Award — Robert Herold

Prose Interpretation

Silver Excellent Award — Tim Cornell