For Immediate Release
February 2, 2015

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team continued to shine in the Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC) competition at Western Washington University in Bellingham on Super Bowl Weekend.

While millions watched the Super Bowl, the Fighting Smelt debated their way to a regular season conference championship. While the results are not yet official, NFC President Brent Northrup of Carroll College confirmed that the Smelt had accumulated enough points to receive a Gold Award as the top Community College Program in the Conference.

Additionally, the Smelt received a Gold Award for season long points in Speech events and are awaiting the final result for debate events.

Points are accumulated at three NFC designated tournaments during the season (Lewis and Clark College, Linfield College, and Western Washington University). This is the first time the Smelt have received an overall Gold award since 1989. The Smelt have been perennial winners in debate events.

Several Smelt turned in top debate performances.

Ben Soleim of Longview and Marty Kay of Kelso finished 2nd in Junior Parliamentary Debate. Soleim and Kay defeated a team from the University of Washington in Quarter-Finals, and a team from Western Washington in semi-finals before losing to Bellevue College in the final round. Soleim and Kay were also the first and second place speakers in the event and top seed after the preliminary rounds. Bonnie Ellis of Cathlamet and Tyler Stewart of Longview were also top performers finishing as quarterfinalists (top 8).

Lacey Sherman of Rainer, OR finished 2nd in Novice Public Debate, defeating a competitor from Utah State University in the Semi-Final before losing to a competitor from Whitworth University in the Final round. Sherman was recognized as the 3rd place speaker in the event and Smelt teammate Stasi Mcityre of Kelso was recognized as the 4th place speaker.

Smelt also shined in speaking events.

Kay finished first in after dinner speaking. Soleim placed 3rd in informative speaking and 4th in informative speaking. Stewart placed 3rd in junior informative speaking. Matt Handy of Longview placed 5th in novice extemporaneous speaking.



News and Media Contact:

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


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