Linfield to host annual Singletary forensics tournament

Linfield College entryLinfield College will host the 82nd annual Craig Singletary High School Forensics Tournament Feb. 3-4.

The tournament, one of the oldest high school invitational tournaments in the nation, is sponsored by the Linfield College Forensics Program, the Oregon Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta and the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts. The tournament honors Craig Singletary, Linfield professor emeritus, and his work with forensics and speech communication in the Northwest. He retired from Linfield in 1993 after 33 years of teaching. The name also honors Craig’s wife, Nancy Singletary, who assisted with tournaments even after Craig’s retirement.

The event will offer four preliminary rounds as well as semi-final and final elimination rounds of Oregon-style cross-examination policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, public forum and public debate. Competition will be offered in 12 individual events, including extemporaneous, after-dinner and expository speaking, and dramatic and humorous interpretation of literature.
The tournament will feature approximately 350 high school student speakers from more than 25 Oregon and Washington high schools.

The entry deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. Community judges are welcome. For more information or to volunteer to serve as a judge, contact Jackson Miller, professor of communication arts and director of forensics, at or 503-883-2625.