The Sterling College Forensics Team capped the season with nine out of ten team members bringing home awards at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament. The tournament was held March 23-26 at Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, Ore. With more than 70 colleges competing and many events having more than 200 competitors, the Sterling College team fared well with Ryan Corwin capturing 7th place overall in After Dinner Speaking. This success comes after the Sterling College Debate team took 9th place in National Parliamentary Debate, of which Corwin was also a part.
Corwin, a junior from Sterling, Kan., has competed in After Dinner Speaking all season, consistently advancing to finals. "I had fared well all season, but most of those finishes had been at smaller regional tournaments, so to finish well at nationals was a sweet, stimulating reward," said Corwin.
ADS (After Dinner Speaking) calls for the competitor to deliver an original persuasive speech that is humorous in nature. Corwin's speech focused on the hypocrisy of Americans bashing athletes for using performance enhancing drugs, while many of us are users of caffeine, nicotine and pain relievers, all of which could be considered