Linfield hosts high school speakers at Singletary tourney

The Linfield Oak Grove and Pioneer HallLinfield College will welcome about 350 speakers from more than 25 Oregon and Washington high schools as they gather on the campus for participation in the 80th annual Singletary High School Invitational Forensics Tournament Feb. 3-4.

The tournament, one of the oldest high school invitational tournaments in the nation, is sponsored by the Linfield College Forensics Program, the Oregon Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta, and the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts. The tournament honors Craig Singletary, Linfield professor emeritus, and his work with forensics and speech communication in the Northwest. He retired from Linfield in 1993 after 33 years of teaching.

The event will offer four preliminary rounds as well as semi-final and final elimination rounds of Oregon-style cross-examination policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, public forum and public debate. Competition will be offered in 12 individual events, including extemporaneous, after-dinner, and expository speaking and dramatic and humorous interpretation of literature.

“We are proud to celebrate 80 years of tradition by welcoming the finest high school speakers and debaters in Oregon to our campus for what promises to be an outstanding competition,” said Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts and director of forensics.

The entry deadline is Jan. 31. Community judges are welcome. For more information on judging or registration contact Miller at or 503-883-2625.