For Immediate Release
March 29, 2018
The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Debate Team was acknowledged by the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) as a top community college in the nation in season long sweepstakes. Among over 30 two-year colleges that participated in public debate during the 2017-2018 season, LCC placed 5th.
The award was presented at the IPDA National Championships and Convention hosted by Whitworth University. LCC brought a small team of debaters who performed exceptionally well against top-level competition from colleges and universities around the United States.
Alayna Dalgleish of Longview advanced to octofinals (top 16) in Novice IPDA debate. She was eliminated by Union University's Juliana White, debating the resolution:
“The United Nations must act now to stop the drug-resistant HIV strain in the Philippines.”
Rebecca Pickner of Toutle was the 15th place speaker in Novice IPDA debate out of a field of 65 competitors.
Alivia Smith of Toutle accumulated a 4-4 record in Novice IPDA debate and narrowly missed advancing to the double-octofinal (top 32) round. Smith and Pickner also entered in the brutally competitive category of Team IPDA. This was the first time that LCC had any entries in this format of debate all season.
These results earned the LCC fourth place in community college tournament sweepstakes, narrowly losing a tiebreaker for third to regional rival College of Southern Idaho.
This tournament concludes the 2017-2018 speech and debate season for the Fighting Smelt. The team will be losing Smith, who will be transferring to Whitworth University, and Dalgleish, who will be transferring to Arizona State University. Pickner will return for one more season with LCC and hopes to build on this season's success.