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Speech and Debate Team Year: 101 Individual and 8 Team Awards

Image Speech and Debate Team USD stduent Hannah Person delivers her nationally qualified informative speech describing a medical technology that simulates a single patient’s organs for the purposes of testing for adverse drug reactions.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The USD Speech and Debate Team ended a successful season of competition this month at the National Forensic Association’s National Championship Tournament in Muncie, Indiana.

This year, the team competed at 12 tournaments, won 101 individual awards, eight team awards and qualified 16 events for the national championship tournament.

The speech and debate team is a co-curricular activity open to any USD student interested in advanced training and intercollegiate competition in limited preparation speaking, public address, oral interpretation and/or team parliamentary debate.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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