For Immediate Release

January 31, 2018

Last weekend at Pacific University, the Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team was acknowledged as the third place speech team among community colleges in the Northwest Forensics Conference.

The Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC) is the organizing body of all speech and debate programs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Alaska. In earning this cumulative, season long award, the Fighting Smelt are officially among the top three community colleges for competitive speech in the Northwest.

The award was formally presented at the Scheller Forensics Invitational, hosted by Pacific University. In this tournament, LCC competitors also experienced significant individual success.

Rebecca Pickner of Toutle was named the 7th place speaker in IPDA debate and advanced to the novice quarterfinal round before being eliminated by the eventual tournament champion in a split decision. This was her second time competing in final rounds at an NFC designated tournament.

Alayna Dalgleish of Longview advanced to the final round of Novice Prose Interpretation and placed 6th.

New team member Darwin Asplund of Longview earned his first victory in IPDA debate competition.

Next up for the Fighting Smelt is the Earl Wells Memorial Speakeasy tournament at Oregon State University, February 17-18.


The contact person for this release is Alex Brehm, Communication Studies faculty,

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


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