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Benefits

Through Whitworth Forensics, students gain valuable skills and self-confidence that will serve them throughout their lives, both personally and professionally. Whitworth's forensics alumni have gone on to successful careers in law, business, ministry, teaching, nonprofit fields, and a variety of other professions.

Forensics is fun! Students enjoy the thrill of competition, the fulfillment of reaching personal and team goals, and the lasting friendships among teammates.

Some recent alumni pursuing graduate studies:

  • Evan Barnes ’16 is in medical school at Oregon Health & Science University.
  • James Eccles ’17 is working on a master's degree in political philosophy at the University of Chicago.
  • Stephanie Saracco Gibbons ’15 is working on a Ph.D. in political communication at Washington State University.
  • Alex Hoffman '16 is in medical school at the University of Washington.

Alumni who are using their education in diverse ways:

  • Tami Nida Artzen ’97 is an immigration lawyer in Richland, Wash.
  • Molly Griffith Burger ’92 is the middle school principal at Saigon South International School, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • Rachel Busick Morrison ’12 is a judicial clerk for Judge Victor J. Wolski on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, in Washington, D.C.
  • Laura Walker Chess ’97 is an administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration, in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
  • Rev. Cindy Kohlman ’95 is the resource presbyter for the presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England.
  • Michael Lawlor ’99 is an attorney at Goodrich & Reely, in Missoula, Mont.
  • Tracy Sims ’91 is a senior advisor for global corporate affairs at Eli Lilly and Company, in Indianapolis.

Whitworth Forensics allowed me to gain and practice skills that are vital to succeeding in law school and that are pertinent to being a lawyer. Being part of the forensics team is one of my favorite and most beneficial Whitworth experiences.

- Rachel Busick Morrison, a recent mathematics and communication alumna, who graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law as the recipient of Pepperdine’s Faculty Scholar Award, the school’s highest scholarship, and now is a clerk for a federal judge.