The Arguing Bucs took second place out of 30 schools at the 88th annual Mahaffey tournament at Linfield College this past weekend. The team brought home 20 speech awards and nine debate awards. The team finished ahead of regional rivals including Gonzaga University, Idaho State University, Lewis & Clark College, the University of Oregon and Whitman College.
Jericho Simone ’22 led the way by taking 2nd place in novice extemporaneous, 2nd place in informative, 3rd place in novice impromptu, and 5th place in junior after dinner speaking. This allowed her to win Brenda Marshall Award as the overall outstanding student in the junior division. She won an award in all four of her speech events.
Tucker Wilson ’20 was the third best overall speaker at the tournament (and he won the Marshall award last season). He won after dinner speaking, took 2nd in extemporaneous, 3rd in impromptu and 5th in prose.
Forensics alum and former assistant coach Micah Allred ’17 took part in the Spanish language exhibition debate, and won an award as the top speaker.
Four Arguing Bucs closed out the semifinals of the novice division of debate. Eli Min ’22 and Kelea Ilac ’22 were semifinalists, AhLana Ames ’22 took 2nd and Justin Li ’21 took first place. Chauncey Koulibali ’22 was an octafinalist (sweet sixteen). Justin Li was the 2nd best speaker and Chauncey Koulibali was the 4th speaker. In the junior division Jericho Simone was a quarterfinalist (elite eight) and was the 2nd best speaker.
AhLana Ames ’22 and Rylee Walter ’19 took 3rd in duo
Solenne de Tassingy ’22 took 5th place in novice informative
Sean Duarte ’21 took 6th in informative
Mykel Greene ’21 took 6th in novice prose
Hannah Hobbs ’22 took 4th place in novice informative and 6th place in junior after dinner speaking
Chauncey Koulibali won junior poetry, 4th in junior prose, and 5th in programmed oral interpretation
Justin Li ’21 won novice informative and took 3rd place in novice extemporaneous
Eli Min ’22 won novice persuasion
Alumni Micah Allred ’17, Stephie Gibbons ‘15 and Lori Welch ’90 were guest judges for Whitworth at the tournament.
The team’s next tournament is at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA on January 26-28, 2019.
The team is coached by Mike Ingram, professor of Communication Studies and Director of Forensics, and Rebecca Korf ‘15, 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 as defined by the Northwest Forensics Conference, and students in junior division have won fewer than eight awards.)