Whitworth takes second place at the National Christian College Forensics Association National Tournament

The Whitworth University forensics team took second place at the National Christian College Forensics Association National Tournament. This tournament, held at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix AZ, included 19 Christian schools from 14 states who are members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or have a similar Christian commitment.

Whitworth took second in speech sweepstakes, third in debate sweepstakes and second place overall. Whitworth finished ahead of 17 other schools, including Azusa Pacific University, Belmont University, Biola University, and Liberty University.

In debate:
In the novice division, Tucker Wilson ’20 was a semifinalist (top four). Victoria Benningfield ’20 and Jess Lewis ’20 were quarterfinalists (top eight). Debate speaker awards went to Victoria for second place, Jess for fifth place and Tucker for eighth place.

In junior varsity debate:
Sara Muscente’19 and Rylee Walter ’18 closed out the final round and are national champions! Debate speaker awards went to Sara for second place and Rylee for fifth place.

In varsity debate Jacob Farrell ’18 was a semifinalist while Kat Duarte ’17 and Lacey Sherman ’18 were quarterfinalists. Debate speaker awards went to James Eccles ’17 for second, Jacob Farrell for third, Lacey Sherman for fourth, Kat Duarte for seventh and Reylene Abbott ’17 for ninth place.

In individual speaking events:

  • After dinner speaker: Rylee Walter took second place.
  • Communication Analysis: James Eccles took third place and Micah Allred ’17 took fourth
  • Dramatic Interp: Jess Lewis took sixth place.
  • Novice Extemp: Tucker Wilson took second and Victoria Benningfield took third
  • Extemp: Reylene Abbott took fourth while James Eccles and Jacob Farrell were semifinalists (top 12).
  • Novice Impromptu: Tucker Wilson took second and Jess Lewis took fifth
  • Informative: Rylee Walter took sixth place

In overall awards, Rylee Walter was the sixth best overall speaker and debater out of scores at the tournament, and Tucker Wilson was the second overall novice speaker and debater out of scores at the tournament.

Alumni Rebecca Korf ’15, Ellie Probus ’16 and Sarah Streyder ‘15 were guest judges for Whitworth at the tournament. The team’s next tournament will be a debate only event at the IPDA National Championship, held at Arkansas Tech University, in Russellville, AR.

The team is coached Mike Ingram, professor of communication studies and director of forensics, and Evan Barnes ’16 Assistant Director of Forensics.

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