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1/17/2003 High school speakers to gather at annual Singletary tournament

McMINNVILLE – High school speakers from around the Northwest will participate in the 71st annual Singletary High School Invitational Forensics Tournament Jan. 31 through Feb. 1 at Linfield College.

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.

The weekend will offer four preliminary rounds, as well as semi-final and final elimination rounds of Oregon style cross-examination debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate and public debate. Students may also compete in 12 individual events including United States extemporaneous, after-dinner speaking, poetry reading, foreign extemporaneous, dramatic interpretation, expository speaking, original oratory, prose reading, radio commentary, dual interpretation, impromptu and humorous interpretation.

Judges are needed for the tournament. For more information on judging or registration, contact Jackson Miller, director of forensics, 503-883-2625, Entry deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 28.