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.
2019-20 Whitworth Forensics Highlights
- National Champions: For the seventh time in nine years, Whitworth took first place at the National Christian College Forensics Association's national tournament. Tucker Wilson '20 was the top overall speaker and debater at the tournament. Chauncella Koulibali '22 was the top overall competitor in individual speaking events. AhLana Ames '22 and Drew Lorenc '23 closed out the final round of junior varsity debate.
- Great Speakers and Debaters in the Northwest: The Arguing Bucs closed out the final round of novice division after dinner speaking at the Lewis & Clark College tournament. Courtney Iseman '23 was the top new competitor in the Northwest Forensics Conference this season, and she won the prestigious Orv Iverson Award. Drew Lorenc '23 won three debate tournaments across the region.
- Winning in Dixie: Whitworth won the Bossier Parrish Community College tournament in Louisiana, finishing ahead of 27 national rivals in speech and debate. Annaclare Splettstoeszer '23 was the second best speaker at the tournament. Aidan Hollister '23 won impromptu, Jericho Simone '22 won poetry, and the team of Tucker Wilson and Chauncella Koulibali won duo interpretation.