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12/2/2008 Forensics team participates in, hosts recent competition

McMINNVILLE – Students from the Linfield College forensics team participated in the 78th annual Mahaffey Memorial Speech and Debate Tournament Nov. 14-16. Linfield hosted the event.

Twenty-three schools from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Alaska and Florida participated. The tournament featured 12 individual events, including prepared speeches and an experimental event titled Mad Libs interpretation. It also featured world-style and parliamentary debate.

Kate Peterson, a senior from Bozeman, Mont., placed second in Mad Libs interpretation, fourth in open poetry and fifth in open program of oral interpretation. Peterson and Darren Valenta, a sophomore from Klamath Falls, placed second in open duo. Colin Jones, a sophomore from Hilo, Hawaii, and Morgan St. Jean, a senior from Portland, advanced to the semifinals in British parliamentary debate.

This tournament is one of the oldest intercollegiate tournaments in the region and honors Roy “Hap” Mahaffey for his pioneering efforts with forensics in the Northwest and throughout the nation.

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