Colorado College's Speech Team has just completed a full season of competing in 15 different tournaments for the 2013-2014 season. This year’s event, in Indianapolis, was host to hundreds of participants and 80 different colleges and universities.
Jacob Kirksey, a junior on the team, advanced to semi-finals in Extemporaneous Speaking, earning the rank of 7th best in America at the Pi Kappa Delta Honor Society's National Tournament. Additionally, he advanced to Quarter-finals in Impromptu Speaking and After-Dinner Speaking placing 13th overall and 21st overall respectively. At the American Forensics Association’s National Individual Events Tournament, an equally massive tournament with 82 colleges and universities, Jacob continued his success and earned a top 25 ranking in Impromptu Speaking. With one year left, the College and Speech Team look forward to Kirksey’s continued success during the 2014-2015 season.
Kirksey and fellow Juniors Nick Blanchette, Joah Chun, and Walt Dubensky participated in an international debate hosted by the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, something CC Speech and Debate has not been involved in for 10 years.
Kirksey also pioneered the Kid’s Are Dramatic non-profit, which links CC student intern with local middle school students through drama and theatre. He was also an instrumental part of the collaboration that produced the Oral Communication Center, which provides peer tutors and professionals that address communications related academic needs among students, faculty and staff.