Sterling College’s forensics team returns from the National Pi Kappa Delta Tournament with a national champion, several elimination-round advancements, and a top-ten finish for the team.
For the third time in school history, Sterling College can proudly claim one of its own as a national champion in forensics. This past weekend at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament, held at Louisiana State University – Shreveport, in Shreveport, La., senior Jana Miller of Lyons, Kan., a Lyons High School graduate, captured first place and the national championship in Prose. Miller emerged from a field of more than 100 competitors, defeating students from Northwest Missouri State, Gustavus Adolphus and Texas State University in the final round of competition.
Miller also placed second in Program of Oral Interpretation and eighth in Dramatic Interpretation.
Teammates Taylor Libby, a sophomore from Ellinwood, Kan., and Lauren Rivard, a junior from Hutchinson, Kan., also advanced to elimination rounds, with Libby finishing sixth in Communication Analysis and Rivard finishing tenth in Extemporaneous Speaking.
In Lincoln-Douglas Debate, David Bowers, a sophomore from Hutchinson, Kan., and JD Smith, a senior from Hutchinson, Kan., advanced to the quarterfinal round of competition, ending the tourna