Arguing Bucs do well at Western Washington University

The Arguing Bucs competed well at the Western Washington University tournament this past weekend in Bellingham, WA. The team took third place out of 12 schools in the speech competition. (The overall tournament results combining speech and debate are still being calculated – we will likely be third of 25 schools).

Freshman Chauncey Koulibali led the way by winning awards in all four of her individual speaking events, a debate speaking award and a debating award.

In the yearlong sweepstakes awards Whitworth won a gold medal and was recognized as the top school in our division of the Northwest Forensics Conference.  This is the seventh year in a row Whitworth was won this distinction.

In the speech competition: 

Solenne de Tassigny ‘22 took second in novice extemporaneous 

Mykel Greene ’22 took second in junior impromptu

Hannah Hobbs ‘21 was the top novice in after dinner speaking

Kelea Ilac ’22 took fifth in novice impromptu

Chauncey Koulibali ‘22 won poetry, won dramatic interpretation, won junior prose, and took 2nd place in programmed oral interpretation

Eli Min ’22 was second in persuasion

Sara Muscente ’19 took fourth in prose

Sanjay Philip ’21 was the top junior in informative

Jericho Simone ‘22 won junior extemporaneous, was the top junior in after dinner speaking, and took fourth in junior impromptu 

The duo team of Sara Muscente and Tucker Wilson ‘20 took first place and Rylee Walter ‘19 and AhLana Ames ‘22 took second. 

In the debate competition’s varsity division: Sara Muscente and Tucker Wilson were quarterfinalists (elite eight) and Jericho Simone was a semifinalist (final four)

In the novice division: Kelea Ilac was a semifinalist.  AhLana Ames, Chauncey Koulibali and Eli Min were quarterfinalists.

Chauncey was the second best novice speaker, Kelea took fourth and Eli took fifth

Alumni Micah Allred ’17 and  Lori Welch ’90 were guest judges for Whitworth at the tournament. 

The team is coached by Mike Ingram, professor of Communication Studies and Director of Forensics, and Rebecca Korf ’15 Assistant Director of Forensics.

The team’s next tournament will be February 16-17 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR

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