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10/24/2002 Linfield speakers kick off season at PLU tournament

McMINNVILLE ? Six Linfield College forensics students made a strong showing during the first tournament of the season at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., Oct. 11-13.

Linfield was one of 19 Northwest colleges and universities represented at the forensics tournament, which featured two preliminary rounds and a final round of 11 individual events. The events included prepared speaking, limited preparation speeches and oral interpretation of literature.

Freshman Jessica Noll of Cucamonga, Calif., placed first in novice poetry while sophomore Charlotte Brockman of Birmingham, Ala., placed third in open prose. Freshman Katherine Courtnage of Billings, Mont., was a finalist in novice prose.

Junior Christina Ries of Marysville, Wash., junior Asia Wisecarver of Stevenson, Wash., and senior Yuji Misu of Saitama-Ken, Japan, also competed.

Jackson Miller, director of forensics and assistant professor of communication arts at Linfield, was pleased with the students' performances and looks forward to a successful year.

"I'm proud of how the students performed at this first tournament," Miller noted. "They've been putting in a lot of hard work so far, and their efforts were recognized by the high marks they received from the judges."