MARIETTA - Andrew Kasick and Ben Reese, both of Marietta, have been named to the eight-person All-American team at the 2013 Pi Kappa Delta Nationals in St. Louis, Mo. The All-American Award recognizes the top students nationally in the areas of Competition, Service and Community Service, and Marietta was the only program to receive the honor this year. The event was held from March 13-16.
"I am also deeply honored to be recognized as one of PKD's All-Americans for 2013 and proud that, even though our school is one of the smallest in the organization, we were the only chapter to have more than one member selected for this honor," Reese says.
The honor should come as little surprise, considering the impact and dedication the two have displayed during their careers.
Reese will compete one more time before his forensics days are done at Marietta.
He qualified for the Interstate Oratorical Association Competition that will be held in Shreveport, La., in April.
Marietta won 23 awards as eight students competed against 87 other schools from around the nation. At the PKD Tournament, students can receive Excellent (top 20 percent of all competitors) or Superior Ratings (top 10 percent of all competitors).
Overall as a team, the Pioneers received an excellent rating.
Kasick received excellent ratings in extemporaneous speaking and open parliamentary debate, and was given a Top 6 Paper rating in the student scholarship portion.
Student scholarship was an online event where students had to submit independent research papers and a video presentation.
Reese earned a superior rating in impromptu speaking and persuasive speaking, while also earning an excellent rating in student scholarship and open parliamentary debate. Kasick and Reese were both quarterfinalists in open parliamentary debate.
Eric Miranda of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, received a superior rating in broadcast journalism and excellent ratings in extemporaneous speaking and student scholarship.
He also teamed with Ryan Childers of Vincent, Ohio, to reach the semifinals and earn an excellent rating in junior parliamentary debate.
Childers also had an excellent rating in impromptu speaking, while CJ Maffris of Worcester, Mass., earned an excellent rating in discussion.