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SDSU forensics places 15th at Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Tournament and Convention

SDSU forensics team competed at the 2022 Phi Kappa Delta tournament
With their awards following this month's Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Tournament and Convention, are: front row, from left, Samantha Pappas, Rachael Guler, Eliza Carlson and Kara Vetch; back, Lars Wagener and Jesus Hernandez.

South Dakota State University’s forensics team placed 15th in the Individual Events Team Sweepstakes at the Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Tournament and Convention hosted by the University of Central Florida.

Additionally, the Jackrabbits finished 18th in combined individual events and debate team sweepstakes out of 71 schools.

“The showing at PKD highlights the students’ commitment to excellence in their craft, and we are excited for what our next national tournament has in store for us,” said Andrea Carlile, director of forensics and a lecturer in the SDSU School of Communication and Journalism.

Eliza Carlson, a senior from Paynesville, Minnesota, placed fifth in persuasion and earned a spot in a performance showcase that highlights top speakers in a category. She is majoring in agricultural education, communication and leadership.

Lars Wagener, a senior majoring in mathematics and data analysis from Kasson, Minn., was 16th in persuasion, 17th in communication analysis and 20th in impromptu. Wagener also performed his communication analysis in a performance showcase.

Rachael Guler, a freshman from Pelican Rapids, Minn., was 27th in informative speaking, earning an excellence award and an appearance in a performance showcase. She is majoring in psychology and political science.

Kara Vetch, a sophomore majoring in mathematics and data analysis from Aberdeen, and Jesus Hernandez, a senior communication studies major from Marshall, Minn., placed 18th with their duo interpretation and also earned a spot in a performance showcase.

Samantha Pappas, a freshman biochemistry major from Groton, received two awards for her efforts in Student Congress, one as top presiding officer and fifth place in the category.