Speech and debate team receives awards

Members of Linfield College’s Forensics Team finished on top at the national championship.

Sophomore Megan Schwab, senior Clara Martinez, and senior Christopher Forrer participated in the Pi Kappa Delta National Championships on March 16 and 17 in St. Louis, Mo.

“Pi Kappa Delta is the forensics national honorary society, and it’s celebrating its 100th anniversary this year so it’s a pretty big tourney,” Forrer said in an email.

During the weekend, Schwab and Martinez were finalists in the British Parliamentary debate and Forrer received Excellent Impromptu Speaking and Informative Speaking.

Speaking events involve many rounds before six or seven competitors make it to the final round where they compete for awards.

“There is usually a set number of preliminary rounds and then out rounds after that, meaning quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals, depending on the number of competitors,” freshman Austin Browning said.

The team also competed in the Western States Communication Association competition in February. Six Linfield students competed in this competition, four of which made it to the finals.

The members of Linfield’s team participate in a variety of events. Browning and freshman Michael Zier partnered in the British Parliamentary debate, while other members, such as Forrer, participate in individual events.

During British Parliamentary debates, the team does not get to decide what side of the argument it argues. By doing this, the forensics team is able to learn more about issues and become well-rounded individuals.

“This is part of the reason I love debate, it forces you to look at both sides of issues and really evaluate both aspects of an issue,” Browning said.

Julian Adoff/Multimedia editor

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