Forensics team wins Oregon State tournament

The Arguing Bucs won the Oregon State University tournament in Corvallis, Oregon this past weekend.  The team finished ahead of regional rivals including Lewis & Clark College, Idaho State University, Pacific University and the University of Idaho.

Sara Muscente ’19 won the Minette Phillips Overall Speaker award as the top overall speaker/debater at the tournament.  This is the second time in five years a Pirate has won this award.  

In debate, Sara Muscente and Jacob Farrell ’19 were semifinalists (top four) and Brendan Thompson ‘21 was a quarterfinalist (top eight).  Farrell was the second ranked speaker and Thompson was third.

In novice debate, Sean Duarte ’21 was a semifinalist and Damian Sanchez ’21 was a quarterfinalist.  Damian was the top novice speaker.

In speech:

  • Drew Craddock ’21 won novice extemporaneous
  • Sean Duarte took second in novice extemporaneous
  • Jacob Farrell took third in persuasion, fourth in impromptu and fifth in extemporaneous
  • Daniel Giorello ’21 took third in extemporaneous
  • Jess Lewis ’20 won dramatic interpretation
  • Sara Muscente took second in programmed oral interpretation, second in informative
  • Calvin Payne ’21 took fourth in novice informative
  • Sanjay Philip ’21 took second in novice impromptu and third in novice extemporaneous
  • Damian Sanchez ’21 won novice informative and took fifth in after-dinner speaking
  • Brendan Thompson ’21 won informative
  • Rylee Walter ’18 won after-dinner speaking
  • Tucker Wilson ’20 took fourth in after-dinner speaking
  • Sara Muscente and Tucker Wilson ’20 won duo interpretation.

Reylene Abbott ’17, Stephanie Gibbons ’15 and Addy Koneval ’16 were guest judges for Whitworth. 

The team’s next tournament is at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas from February 23-25.

The team is coached by professor of communication studies Mike Ingram.

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