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11/20/2008 Speakers participate in recent competition

McMINNVILLE – Linfield forensics students participated in the Smelt Classic Forensics Tournament at Lower Columbia College Nov. 7-8.

Fourteen colleges and universities from Oregon and Washington participated in the event. The tournament featured two preliminary rounds and a final round of 10 individual events, including prepared speaking, limited preparation speeches and oral interpretation of literature as well as British-Parliamentary style debate.

Kate Peterson, a senior from Bozeman, Mont., placed first in the open program of oral interpretation and in open dramatic interpretation, as well as third in open poetry interpretation. Darren Valenta, a sophomore from Klamath Falls, placed first in open prose interpretation. Ben Schwartz, a senior from Palo Alto, Calif., placed first in novice prose interpretation. Morgan St. Jean, a senior from Portland, and Colin Jones, a sophomore from Hilo, Hawaii, placed first in British-Parliamentary debate. St. Jean also received fourth place in open impromptu and fifth in debate speaking points. Janelle Davis, a senior from Boring, and Ashley Price, a junior from Indianapolis, Ind., placed second in British-Parliamentary debate. Davis also won third in debate speaking points. Hilda Escalera, a sophomore from Hillsboro, placed third in novice prose interpretation. Jake Masin, a sophomore from Bend, placed fifth in open editorial commentary and fifth in open extemporaneous.

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