Higdon and Sigurdson win awards at National Speech and Debate Tournament

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Two Northern State University Speech and Debate team members received awards at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament in Boise, Idaho.

NSU students Hannah Higdon of Dupree and Jacob Sigurdson of Clear Lake, sophomores, were semifinalists in the nation in Junior Parliamentary Debate. Both students received the prestigious Excellence in Speaking Award.

NSU’s Interim Director of Forensics Dr. Liz Sills said this is a prestigious honor considering the nationwide scope of the tournament. Sills said that she is proud of the entire team attending the tournament, which was held March 22-25 at Boise State University

“This is a group of college students who get together to think critically about important issues even after their classes are finished for the day. This is a group of college students who give speeches because they think it's fun. This team's brand of hard work and dedication gets results and in this case, those results were some awesome shiny trophies. I couldn't be prouder of the efforts of all the students who attended the tournament,” mentioned Sills, NSU assistant professor of communication studies.

For more information about the NSU Forensics Team, contact Sills at Elizabeth.Sills@northern.edu.

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