For Immediate Release

February 20, 2018

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team earned first place in two-year college team sweepstakes at the Earl Wells Memorial Forensics Tournament, hosted by Oregon State University February 17 and 18. This was the last major invitational tournament in the region before national tournaments, so the Fighting Smelt are entering the postseason on a high note.

The team was led by Alivia Smith of Toutle, who advanced to final rounds in all three of her competition events. Alivia placed 5th in Novice Informative and 6th in Novice Impromptu Speaking. She also advanced to quarterfinals in Novice IPDA public debate before being eliminated on a split 2-1 decision.

Alayna Dalgleish of Longview joined Smith in advancing to quarterfinals in Novice IPDA public debate. She also earned 3rd place in the satirical speech event Bad Interp.

Rebecca Pickner of Toutle was 7th in Novice Impromptu and 9th in Novice IPDA Debate, narrowly missing final rounds in both events.

Next up for the Fighting Smelt is the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament District Qualifier at Mount Hood Community College on February 24, where competitors will attempt to earn a bid to the AFA-NIET.


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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