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Whitworth University Forensics

Speech and Debate at Whitworth University

Whitworth Forensics is an interdisciplinary program that provides a rigorous intellectual experience for students interested in the exchange of ideas and in sharpening their public speaking skills. Forensics is open to all students regardless of academic major or previous public-speaking experience.

The Whitworth forensics team competes in intercollegiate tournaments in the Northwest Forensics Conference and in speech and debate tournaments nationwide. Team members test their skills against some of the finest speakers in the U.S. and consistently earn regional and national recognition.

The forensics program covers the costs of tournament entry fees, supplies, travel, meals and lodging, while students contribute the time, effort, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence necessary to prepare for and compete in tournaments. Students also take a one-credit course, Applied Speech: Forensics.

2014-15 Whitworth Forensics Highlights:

  • Top Competitor: Sarah Sauter, '15, won the Coach's Commemorative Award in the Northwest Forensics Conference as the top speaker and debater.  She earned more sweepstakes points at the three conference tournaments than any other student.

  • National Runner-Up: Sam Director, '15, took second place out of 112 debaters at the International Public Debate Association National Tournament, in Idaho.  He won seven of eight preliminary rounds and four elimination rounds.

  • Top Team: Whitworth took first place in the year-long standings of the Northwest Forensics Conference, a group of 32 public and private colleges and universities in five states.  The team was recognized as the best IPDA program in the NFC, as well.

  • Debating the Irish: On March 14, 2015, Whitworth hosted the Irish national champions in a public exhibition debate. In this contest with our Irish visitors, Whitworth's forensics team argued for the resolution “Nations should have open borders."

American Forensics Association


International Public Debate Association


Contact Information

Mike Ingram

Director of Forensics


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