The Whitworth University Forensics team closed its season at the International Public Debate Association National Tournament at Arkansas Tech, in Russellville, Arkansas on March 25-27, 2017.
In the yearlong sweepstakes for points earned all season, Whitworth took third place out of more than 136 schools across the nation. Whitworth finished ahead of national and regional rivals including Boise State University, Louisiana State University, Oregon State University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
The team brought home 14 individual debate awards and three different team sweepstakes awards related to the national tournament and the yearlong season.
At the national tournament:
- James Eccles ’17 and Jacob Farrell ’19 advanced to double octafinals (the round of 32)
- Micah Allred ’17, and Lacey Sherman ’18 advanced to octafinals (the sweet 16).
- In the novice division, Jess Lewis ’20 advanced to double octafinals and Victoria Benningfield ’20 advanced to quarterfinals (the elite eight).
- For speaker awards at the national tournament, Tucker Wilson ’20 was the fifth-best novice speaker and Victoria Benningfield was the sixth-best novice speaker. Sara Muscente ’19 was the fourth-best speaker in junior varsity and Jacob Farrell was the seventh-best speaker in varsity.
In the season long awards:
- For speaking, James Eccles was the second best varsity speaker, and Victoria Benningfield was the second place novice speaker.
- For debating: James Eccles was the fifth place debater and Jacob Farrell was the seventh place debater.
Alumni Sam Director ’15, Alex Hoffmann ’16 and Rebecca Korf ’15 were guest judges for Whitworth at the tournament.
This concludes a successful forensics season. The team is coached Mike Ingram, the director of forensics and professor of Communication Studies, and Evan Barnes ’16 Assistant Director of Forensics.