Arguing Bucs take second at Linfield

The Whitworth University Forensics Team competed well at the Linfield College tournament in McMinnville, Oregon this past weekend.  The Arguing Bucs took second place out of 29 schools from six states including Carroll College, Linfield College, Oregon State University, the University of Idaho and the University of Oregon. The team won 25 speech awards and nine debate awards. 

Several Whitworth team members took first in their divisions and competitions. These included:

  • Palmer Pederson ’23 won novice informative speaking.
  • Jericho Simone ’22 took firs in communication analysis.
  • Tucker Wilson ’20 won after dinner speaking.
  • In novice debate Drew Lorenc ’23 won the tournament. It is his second win this season!

Speech award winners include:

  • AhLana Ames ’22 took sixth in junior programmed oral interpretation and 6thin junior after dinner speaking.
  • Solenne de Tassigny ’22 took second in junior extemporaneous.
  • Aidan Hollister ’23 took fourth in informative speaking, fifth in junior extemporaneous, and fifth in junior impromptu.
  • Courtney Iseman ’23 took fifth in informative speaking, and sixth in junior extemporaneous.
  • Humza Khan ’23 took second in novice impromptu speaking.
  • Chauncella Koulibali took fourth in programmed oral interpretation and fourth in prose.
  • Drew Lorenc ’23 took fourth in junior after dinner speaking.
  • Travis Plunkett ’23 took third in junior after dinner speaking.
  • Celeste Riley-Norman ’23 took sixth in persuasion, and fifth in junior after dinner speaking.
  • Jericho Simone ’22 took sixth in extemporaneous and fourth in poetry.
  • Tucker Wilson ’20 took second in impromptu speaking and sixth in programmed oral interpretation.

In duo interpretation:

  • Jericho Simone and Solenne de Tassigny ‘22 took fourth place.
  • Chauncella Koulibali and Tucker Wilson took fifth place.
  • Skye Gordon and Drew Lorenc took sixth place.

In debate:

  • In open division Tucker Wilson took second place and was the fourth best debate speaker.
  • In junior division, octofinalists (sweet sixteen) included AhLana Ames, Annaclare Splettstoeszer ’23 and Courtney Iseman.
  • Chauncella Koulibali was a quarterfinalist and Aidan Holister was a semifinalist.

Alumni Rylee Walter ’19 and Lori Welch ‘90 were guest judges for Whitworth at the tournament. The team’s next tournament is at Pacific University on January 24-26, 2020.

Mike Ingram, professor of Communication Studies and Director of Forensics, and Stephanie Gibbons ’15 Assistant Director of Forensics, coach the team

(Students in the novice division have limited high school experience and have won fewer than three awards in a particular speech category, and students in junior have fewer than eight awards as defined by the Northwest Forensics Conference.)  

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