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3/3/2008 Linfield forensics student qualifies for nationals

MCMINNVILLE - A Linfield College forensics student has advanced to the national level after a recent showing at the Northwest AFA-NIET District Qualifying Tournament in Salem Feb. 23.

Freshman Colin Jones of Hilo, Hawaii, earned fifth place in critical analysis, which qualified him for the National Forensics Association Championship Tournament held in Nashville, Tenn.

Linfield was one of ten colleges and universities from Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho and California to participate in the recent tournament, held at Willamette University. The competition featured two preliminary rounds and a final round of 12 individual events, including prepared speaking, limited preparation speeches and oral interpretation of literature.

Jones joins several other Linfield forensics students who qualified earlier this year for the national tournament. They include seniors Corey Crowley-Hall of Moscow, Idaho, Matthew Wakeford-Evans of Carmichael, Calif., Aaron Larsen of Klamath Falls and Chipo Dendere of Zimbabwe; junior Morgan St. Jean of Clackamas; sophomore Jake Masin of Bend; and freshman Darren Valenta of Klamath Falls.

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