For Immediate Release
April 28, 2014

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Debate Team took top honors at the Northwest Forensics Conference Division 3 Championship held April 25-26 on the LCC campus.

The Fighting Smelt finished first with Mount Hood Community College in second and Clark College in third.

In debate events the LCC team was dominant. Longview sophomore Tanner Wiley went undefeated to capture gold in Public Debate, with a four win and no loss record in preliminary rounds and defeating a competitor from Lane Community College in the medal round. Kelso sophomore Holly Lemmons won the silver medal, with a three win and one loss preliminary rounds record and defeating a competitor from Mount Hood Community College in the final round. Kelso freshman Marty Kay also finished as a gold medalist in Public Debate with three wins and one loss in preliminary rounds followed by two wins over competitors from Mount Hood Community College in the bronze and gold rounds. Longview freshman Tyler Stewart took fourth place and sophomore Erin Mastoras of Medford, OR, finished fifth for an LCC sweep in the Public Debate category.

In Parliamentary Team Debate, Kay partnered with Longview freshman Ben Soleim to win gold after finishing with a three win and no loss record in preliminary rounds. They advanced over teammates Lemmons and Wiley who received a bronze medal for their a two win and one loss preliminary round record followed by a win over Lane Community College in their final round. Top speakers for LCC in individual Parliamentary Debate included Lemmons, second, and Wiley third.

LCC's Fighting Smelt team also scored more points in individual speaking events than any other school. Soleim led the effort finishing first in four events including Extemporaneous Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, and Duo Dramatic Interpretation with partner Kay. Soleim took second in Editorial Commentary. Kay also finished first in After Dinner Speaking and fourth in Impromptu Speaking.

Other individual event award winners for LCC included: Tyler Stewart, first in Informative Speaking and third in Extemporaneous Speaking; Mastoras second in Persuasive Speaking; Wiley, sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking; Cathlamet freshman Bonnie Ellis, third in both Persuasive Speaking and Impromptu Speaking; Longview sophomore Rosse Rodriquez, second in Informative Speaking; and Cathlamet freshman Ben Vasion second in Dramatic Interpretation and fifth in Editorial Commentary.


News and Media Contact:

 Wendy Hall, Vice President, Effectiveness & College Relations, Lower Columbia College


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