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3/16/2009 Linfield forensics students participate in tournaments

         McMINNVILLE – Linfield College forensics students made a strong showing at two recent tournaments. They took part in the Mark O. Hatfield Tournament at Willamette University Feb. 28 to March 1 and the Spokane Falls Community College Forensics Tournament March 6-8.

         The Mark O. Hatfield event hosted nine schools from Oregon, Washington, California, Montana and Beijing, China. It featured six rounds of worlds-style debate and six rounds of parliamentary-style debate. Colin Jones, a sophomore from Hilo, Hawaii, and Morgan St. Jean, a senior from Portland, reached the semi-final round of worlds-style debate. Patrick Maxwell, a senior from Boise, Idaho, competed in worlds-style debate.

         The Spokane Falls Community College Tournament included 11 schools from Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho. The tournament featured two preliminary rounds and a final round of 11 individual events, including prepared speaking, limited preparation speeches, oral interpretation of literature, one-on-one debate and parliamentary debate.

         St. Jean placed fourth in open communication analysis. Jones placed fourth in open impromptu and was a quarterfinalist in the one-on-one debate. Darren Valenta, a sophomore from Klamath Falls, won first in open after dinner speaking and fourth in open prose. He also placed second in open duo with Kate Peterson, a senior from Bozeman, Mont. Peterson placed first in open dramatic interpretation and second in open poetry. Nick Zimmers, a freshman from Medford, placed second in novice prose.

         For more information contact Jackson Miller, director of forensics and associate professor of communication arts, at 503-883-2625 or