Debate team delivers in St. Louis

Katy Murray
Commentary Editor

   The University of Arkansas-Monticello Speech and Debate Team delivered an outstanding performance at the 2005 Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament and Convention held March 17-20 in St. Louis, Mo.   

Photo by Vice Chancellor David Ray
Outstanding chapter  - (from left) Director of Forensics Scott Kuttenkuler, first-year students Joel Brown and Lydia Gorse, junior Matt Baumgarten, senior Will Whiting, first-year Brian Rauls, alumna Betty Dintelman and juniors Chad Rogers, April Jacks and Brandi Morgan.

   The team was named outstanding Pi Kappa Delta chapter for the lower Mississippi province, and they also received two sweepstakes awards giving them ratings of excellent.

   “The team received two excellent ratings for both the individual events and the debate competition,” said Scott Kuttenkuler, director of Forensics.

   They successfully competed in the tournament against 75 other schools. This allowed the team to finish in 18th place. At the event, UAM Vice Chancellor David Ray was also inducted into the Pi Kappa Delta Hall of Fame.  

   According to Kuttenkuler, junior Chad Rogers managed to win the tournament.

   “He broke out the rounds in the International Public Debate Association and is now considered the Pi Kappa Delta national champion,” Kuttenkuler said.

   Senior Will Whiting also received several honors at the tournament including being named as a Pi Kappa Delta All-American, the highest honor placed on an undergraduate. Only nine students were recognized this year for the position. He also won the Larry Norton scholarship awarded to the top two All-Americans. Whiting placed second in both broadcast journalism and persuasive speaking. He also received a rating of excellent in the extemporaneous and informative speaking divisions. 

   Also attending the tournament were team members Matt Baumgarten, Brandi Morgan, April Jacks, Joel Brown, Lydia Gorse, Brian Rauls and alumna Betty Dintelman.

  The next item on the agenda for the team will be the International Public Debate Association Nationals which UAM will host April 15-17.

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