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3/1/2006 Linfield students speak out in California

McMINNVILLE – Linfield College forensics students participated in the Western States Forensics Tournament in Ontario, Calif., Feb 17-19.

Linfield students competed with peers from ten colleges and universities from Oregon, California, Michigan, Wyoming and Arizona during the tournament, which featured three preliminary rounds and a final round of 11 individual events as well as parliamentary debate. The events included prepared speaking, limited preparation speeches and oral interpretation of literature.

Freshman Megan Appledorn of Woodburn placed fourth in open persuasive speaking and second in open informative speaking. Senior Matt Hodges of Lake Oswego was a finalist for open impromptu speaking, while freshman Morgan St. Jean of Portland won fourth place in open communication analysis. Freshman Kate Peterson of Bozeman, Mont., placed second in open persuasive speaking.

Freshmen Daniel Creasy of Ketchikan, Alaska, Janelle Davis of Boring, Chipo Dendre of Harare, Zimbabwe; along with seniors Rob Gaffney of Lincoln City and Heather Williams of Redding, Calif., also competed at the tournament.

"The tournament featured some excellent competition," said Jackson Miller, director of forensics and assistant professor of communication arts at Linfield. "I am proud of how the students performed."

For more information on the Linfield forensics team, contact Miller at 503-883-2625.