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Talkin’ Broncos finish top four at first international tournament

The Boise State Talkin' Broncos after their top four finish at Trinity College
The Boise State Talkin’ Broncos after their top-four finish at Trinity College.

The Boise State University Talkin’ Broncos took fourth place in debate and eighth place overall in their first International Forensics Association tournament held March 7-13 in Dublin, Ireland.

In Public Debate, Anthony Thomas (sophomore, Meridian) advanced through five debate rounds to finish as an octo finalist. Allie Hampton (sophomore, Meridian) was named the tournament’s second-place speaker among nearly 100 competitors and finished as a double-octo finalist. Alison Hurst (senior, Boise) also finished as a double-octo finalist.

In Parliamentary Debate, Adam Pendergrass (freshman, Nampa) and Bridget Gibson (freshman, Boise) finished as quarterfinalists.

In Individual Events, Jaxon Holmes (freshman, Garden City) led the Talkin’ Broncos with semi-finalist finishes in Program Oral Interpretation and Persuasive Speaking. Other semi-finalists included: Kiryn Willett (sophomore, Boise) in Persuasive Speaking; Sam Kleman (freshman, Boise) in Persuasive Speaking; Ryan Wind (freshman, Meridian) in impromptu speaking; and Thomas in After Dinner Speaking.

The Talkin’ Broncos will finish their 2023-2024 season with the International Public Debate Association national championship April 12-15 at Mississippi State University. The Talkin’ Broncos are supported in part through the generosity of the Jeker Family Trust.

For more information about the Talkin’ Broncos, contact Manda Hicks, director of forensics at Boise State, at