2015 debate tournament on BSU campus
KTVB Dean Johnson, KTVB 3:10 p.m. MDT March 27, 2015The Talkin’ Broncos practice their debate skills.(Photo: Adam Worthington/KTVB)BOISE — The Talkin’ Broncos, Boise State’s debate team, has won three national championships. Now, they are gunning for a new title.Team captain Fred Swastrum got to experience two of them.”It’s just all your hard work pays off and it’s like 1,000 pounds is lifted off your shoulders,” he said. “It was just so exciting to see us do it again and everyone on the team who’s new get to experience that.”This weekend, the group has the opportunity to do it again – this time in a different tournament. The 2015 International Public Debate Association Natational Tournament is coming to Boise for the first time in its more than 20-year history west of the Mississippi.”So one person versus another person,” speech and debate director Dr. Manda Hicks said. “They choose from five resolutions that are given to them 30 minutes before the rounds so they don’t have a topic that they’re prepping all year long. These are resolutions or topics that are drawn from current events.”A debate tournament is a little like a track meet, hosting multiple events in during one competition. So although Boise State has won the Pi Kappa Delta National Championship four times overall, this is only the second time the Talkin’ Broncos have competed in the IPDA.”There are over 40 schools coming to Boise State, that’s going to be probably over 300 students competing,” Hicks said.Students have been hard at work all year to prepare.”I probably for the week up to nationals did all six of my speeches three times every night and that means I practiced for about three hours every single night for a week straight up to Nationals,” Swastrum said.The team is hoping their hard work pays off, and they can end the debate on who is really the national champion.Read or Share this story: https://on.ktvb.com/1Chvlkw – Click Here To Visit Article Source