Debate Team Ends Season on High Note

The Berea College Speech and Debate Team completed a highly successful 2013-14 season at the Pi Kappa Delta National Forensics Championship this past weekend. The team had already achieved a number of significant milestones, including a top 10 national ranking by the National Parliamentary Debate Association and tripling the number of awards won in the past 13 years.  To cap the season off, Berea attended its first national forensics championship, where it competed against 600 individual event competitors and 111 debate teams.  The talented Berea squad captured national rankings in four individual and five team events:

Jonah Cabiles – 2nd place novice debater in the nation

Nate Stewart – 3rd place novice debater in the nation

Mira Denton – 17th place varsity debater in the nation

Mira Denton & Dylan Hunziker – 3rd place varsity debate team in the nation

Jonah Cabiles & Holden Dillman – 5th place novice debate team in the nation

Maryam Ahmed & Megi Papiashvili – 5th place varsity debate team in the nation

Dylan Hunziker and Jonah Cabiles – Finalists in duo improvisation

Nate Stewart & Erica Scott – Quarterfinalists in duo improvisation

Dylan Hunziker – Quarterfinalist in impromptu speaking

Seniors Mira Denton, Dylan Hunziker, Jacob Hart, Erica Scott, Maryam Ahmed and Blayne Cohran were inducted into the Pi Kappa Delta National Honor Society.

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Tags: Debate team, National Parliamentary Debate Association, Pi Kappa Delta National Forensics Championships

Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.