The Whitworth University forensics team took first place at the National Christian College Forensics Association National Tournament. This tournament, held at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA, included 19 Christian schools from 14 states who are members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or have a similar Christian commitment.
Whitworth took third in speech sweepstakes, second in debate sweepstakes and first place overall. Whitworth finished ahead of 18 other schools, including Biola University, Dordt College, Liberty University and Seton Hall University. This marks the fifth time in six years the Arguing Bucs have won this tournament.
In overall individual awards:
- Tucker Wilson was the third best overall speaker and debater out of all students at the tournament.
- Daniel Giorello was the fifth best novice speaker and debater.
In varsity debate:
- Eric Anderson ’21 was an octafinalist (top 16)
- Jacob Farrell ’19 and Rylee Walter ’18 were quarterfinalists (top eight)
- Rylee was the 4th best speaker
In junior varsity debate:
- Jess Lewis ’20 took second place
- Drew Craddock ’21 and Daniel Giorello ’21 were quarterfinalists
- Sean Duarte ’21, Brendan Thompson ’21 and Tucker Wilson ’20 were octafinalists (top 16)
- Jess was the top speaker.
In individual speaking events:
- After dinner speaker: Tucker Wilson is the NATIONAL CHAMPION and Rylee Walter took 5th place.
- Duo: Sara Muscente ’19 and Tucker Wilson ’20 took 7th place.
- Persuasion: Eric Anderson ’21 took 7th place.
- Novice Informative: Brendan Thompson is the NATIONAL CHAMPION and Calvin Payne took 6th place.
- Novice Extemp: Brendan Thompson took 2nd place and Sean Duarte took 3rd place.
- Extemp: Tucker Wilson took 3rd place.
- Novice Impromptu: Sanjay Philip took 3rd place and Daniel Giorello was a semifinalist (top 12).
- Programmed Oral Interp: Sara Muscente took 5th place.
Alumni Chris Burnett ’16, Kat Duarte ’17 and Rebecca Korf ’15 were guest judges for Whitworth at the tournament.
The team’s final tournament of the season will be a debate only event at the IPDA National Championship, held on campus at Whitworth.