Whitworth Forensics takes 4th at Linfield College tournament

The Whitworth University Forensics team brought home 13 speech awards and 13 debate awards from the Linfield College tournament in McMinnville, OR.  The Arguing Bucs took fourth place overall out of 32, finishing ahead of regional rivals including Oregon State University, Pacific University, Utah State University, and the University of Oregon. 

Tucker Wilson ‘20 led the way by winning junior impromptu speaking, winning duo interpretation (with his partner Sara Muscente ’19), taking 5th in junior extemporaneous speaking, and 5th in junior after dinner speaking.  This allowed him to win the Brenda Marshall Award for the outstanding student in the junior division.  (This is the second time in three years an Arguing Buc has won this prestigious award).  

Debate awards included:

  • In the senior division of debate Rylee Walter ’19 took second place.  Jacob Farrell ‘19 and Sara Muscente ’19 were quarterfinalists (top 8).  Jacob was the 2nd ranked speaker and Rylee was the 3rd ranked speaker.
  • In the junior division of debate, Jess Lewis ’20 was an octafinalist (top 16).
  • In the novice division of debate, Daniel Giorello ’21 took first, Brendan Thompson ’21 took second, Sanjay Philip ’21 and Sean Duarte ’21 were quarterfinalists, and Damian Sanchez ’21 was an octafinalist.  Speaker awards included Sanjay taking 2nd and Sean taking 6th.

Speech awards included:

  • Eric Anderson ’21 was 3rd in junior impromptu
  • Sean Duarte was 5th in novice persuasion
  • Jacob Farrell was 5th in persuasion
  • Sara Muscente and Tucker Wilson ’20 won duo interpretation
  • Jess Lewis and Calvin Payne ’21 were the top junior division competitors in duo interpretation
  • Jess Lewis won dramatic interp 
  • Sanjay Philip was 2nd in novice extemporaneous speaking
  • Brendan Thompson was 6th in novice informative and 5th in novice extemporaneous speaking, 3rd in novice impromptu speaking.


Alumni Kym Carnahan Davis ’95, Ellie Probus ’16 and Lori Welch ’90 were guest judges for Whitworth at the tournament.

The team’s next tournament is at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR on January 26-28, 2018.

The team is coached by Mike Ingram, professor of Communication Studies and Director of Forensics, and Micah Allred ’17, Assistant Director of Forensics.  

(Students in the novice division have limited high school experience and have won fewer than three awards in a particular speech category, and students in the junior division have won fewer than eight awards in a particular speech category as defined by the Northwest Forensics Conference.)     

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