The Whitworth University Forensics team started the season with a bang at the Lewis & Clark tournament this weekend in Portland, Oregon. The Arguing Bucs brought home 20 speech awards and eight debate awards. The team took second place overall out of 28 schools from six states in combined speech and debate. The Pirates defeated regional rivals including Lewis & Clark College, the University of Minnesota, the University of Oregon, and the University of Utah.
Impressive individual performances came from Tucker Wilson, who finished as the second overall speaker out of over 100 competitors at the tournaments, and Drew Lorenc ’23, who won the tournament in the novice division.
- Whitworth had all of the finalists in the novice division of After Dinner Speaking
- Celeste Riley-Norman ’23 took first place
- Courtney Iseman ’23 took second
- Chauncella Koulibali ’22 took third
- Skye Gordon ’23 took fourth
Other speech awards included:
- Aidan Hollister ’23 took third in novice Extemporaneous
- Kelea Ilac ’22 took fourth in Persuasion
- Courtney Iseman ’23 took second in novice Informative, second in novice Extemporaneous, and fifth in Programmed Oral Interpretation
- Payton Lo ’23 took sixth in novice Extemporaneous
- Sanjay Philip ’21 took sixth in Extemporaneous
- Travis Plunkett ’23 took sixth in novice Impromptu
- Celeste Riley-Norman ’23 took fourth in novice Persuasion
- Jericho Simone ’22 took sixth in Persuasion and third in junior Extemporaneous, fifth in junior Prose
- Tucker Wilson took second in After Dinner Speaking, third in Extemporaneous, third in Impromptu, and was the second overall speaker out of over 100 competitors at the tournaments
- The duo team of Drew Lorenc and Skye Gordon took third place
Debate speaker awards went to:
- Tucker Wilson for sixth place in senior division
- Aidan Hollister ’23 for first place in junior division
- Humza Khan ’23 for fifth place in novice division
- In novice division, Drew Lorenc ’23 won the tournament.
- In junior division Skye Gordon ’23 and Courtney Iseman ’23 reached the octofinalists (sweet 16) and AhLana Ames ’22 reached semifinals (final four).
- In senior division, Jericho Simone ’22 reached the quarterfinals (elite 8).
Lori Welch ’90 was a guest judge for Whitworth at the tournament.
The team’s next tournament is the Jim McPherson Classic at Whitworth University on October 26 and 27 in Spokane.
The team is coached by Mike Ingram, Professor of Communication Studies and Stephanie Gibbons ’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 junior division is for those winning fewer than eight awards.