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11/19/2007 Forensic students place at two tournaments

McMINNVILLE – Linfield College forensic students placed at the Mahaffey Memorial Tournament in McMinnville Nov. 9-11 and the Pan Pacific Debate Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct. 25-29.

Linfield was one of 25 colleges and universities from Oregon, Montana, Missouri, Alaska, Utah, Washington and California in the Mahaffey Memorial Tournament. It featured two preliminary rounds and a final round of 11 individual events, including prepared speaking, limited preparation speeches and oral interpretation of literature, as well as character debate and “In Honor of Women.”

Junior Kate Peterson of Bozeman, Mont., received first place in open poetry, freshman Colin Jones of Hilo, Hawaii, received second place in novice informative and junior Chipo Dendere of Zimbabwe received third place in “In Honor of Women” and sixth place in open poetry. Seniors Matt Wakeford-Evans of Carmichael, Calif., and Aaron Larsen of Klamath Falls received fourth place in open duo and freshman Darren Valenta of Klamath Falls received fourth place in novice prose.

The forensic team also competed in the Pan Pacific Debate Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct. 25-29. Linfield was one of eight colleges and universities from Oregon, California, Washington and Hawaii present, and the tournament featured six rounds of British Parliamentary style debate. Junior Meg Appledoorn of Woodburn and Wakeford-Evans placed ninth in the championship division of British Parliamentary style debate out of 40 participants.

For more information on the Linfield forensics team, contact Jackson Miller, director of forensics and assistant professor of communication arts, at 503-883-2625.