Whitworth Forensics takes second at Lewis & Clark

The Whitworth University forensics team opened its season well at the Lewis & Clark College tournament this past weekend in Portland, OR.  

Whitworth took second place overall and fourth place in the speech sweepstakes out of out of 41 schools from 12 states.  The team defeated national and regional rivals including the Air Force Academy, Rice University, Oregon State University, and University of Minnesota.  The team brought home nine speech awards and 12 debate awards. 

Speech award winners include:

  • Eric Anderson ’21 took 5th place in junior impromptu
  • Sean Duarte ’21 took 5th in novice persuasion
  • Daniel Giorello ’20 took 3rd in novice extemporaneous and 4th in novice impromptu
  • Jess Lewis ’20 took 4th junior extemporaneous
  • Damian Sanchez ’21 was the top novice speaker in after dinner speaker
  • Brendan Thompson ’21 took 4th in novice informative speaking
  • Tucker Wilson ’20 won junior extemporaneous and was second in junior impromptu

In debate:

  • Sara Muscente ’19 was a quarterfinalist (top eight) and Jacob Farrell ’19 was an octofinalist (top 16) in senior debate.  Jacob was the 4th-ranked speaker.
  •  Tucker Wilson won junior debate and Eric Anderson was a quarterfinalist.  Tucker was the 3rd ranked speaker and Eric was 10th.
  •  In novice debate Drew Craddock ’21 was a semifinalist (top four), Brendan Thompson was a quarterfinalist and Daniel Giorello was an octofinalist.  Brendan was the top ranked speaker, Drew was 2nd and Daniel was third.

Alumni Lori Welch ’90 and Krister Johnson ’13 were guest judges for Whitworth at the tournament.

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