Coming off an unprecedented fourth consecutive Pi Kappa Delta Speech and Debate national championship, the Boise State Talkin’ Broncos held a kick off reception earlier this week.
In attendance were University President Bob Kustra, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Tony Roark and Communication Department Chair Todd Norton.
Manda Hicks, Boise State’s director of forensics and associate professor is exciting about the new season. “I feel good about the upcoming year”, she shared, “With only three new members, it up to the team to set their season goals. But they should feel special today with important university leadership in attendance.”
President Kustra agreed. “Individual achievement is really cool but it’s the teamwork that distinguishes Boise State from everyone else,” he said. “The brand of our university has been propelled because of the Speech and Debate team.”
In a recent article Hicks explained the significance of last season. “This is another national championship for the Talkin’ Broncos, which is huge in itself, but we also swept every sweepstakes award –meaning, we took first place overall, but we also took first place in debate sweepstakes and first place in individual events sweepstakes,” she described. “Those awards all use different calculations and it is rare for a school to have the depth and breadth to win all three. We are a comprehensive program that can really do it all and we just tore it up.”
Dean Tony Roark added, “The Talkin’ Broncos have a long history of success including four consecutive champions, five returning champions and three all Americans.”
Each member introduced themselves sharing the importance of the team with thoughts like, “Debate has been important”, “I’ve experienced tons of support and it has led to success”, “I’m very proud of Boise State – the team made me realize the importance of Boise State”, and “We have a comprehensive team that opened my mind to what the world has to offer.”
The Talkin’ Bronco first competition is in September.