Forensics team earns multiple honors at national tournament
The Muskingum University forensics team made a strong showing at the 47th
annual National Pi Kappa Delta Tournament, held recently in Gresham, Oregon.
Andrea Richards ’11 and Tanner Maclaine ’12 placed second in the novice
category of parliamentary debate, the culmination of their first year of
After six preliminary rounds, the two broke to quarterfinals as one of the
top 8 teams out of 37. They debated the topic “Resolved: The federal government
should substantially decrease one or more facets of the affordable health care
Both Richards and Maclaine also received “Superior” rankings, placing them in
the top 10 percent of speakers at the tournament. Richards also received a
“Good” ranking in informative speaking, placing her in the top third of the
In individual parliamentary debate, John Edwards ’13 received a “Good”
ranking and Kiley Wright ’11 received a “Good” ranking in the category of
dramatic interpretation of literature, placing them both in the top third of the
In other honors, Maclaine, Richards and fellow team member Nathania Johnson
’11 were named “Pi Kappa Delta Members of Highest Distinction,” recognizing
their academics achievements, their participation in college forensics and their
service to the community.
The forensics program is advised and coached by Director of Forensics and
Instructor of Speech Communication Rachel Pollock.