November 19, 2018
The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team placed second in Division III Sweepstakes at the 88th Annual Mahaffey Memorial tournament hosted by Linfield College. This was the second Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC) Designated Tournament of the season. With this result, LCC continues to stay in the hunt for a season long sweepstakes award from the conference, which represents schools in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Alaska.
The team was led by Ayesha Ahmed of Cathlamet, who placed second in novice Persuasive Speaking. Ahmed’s persuasive speech explores the problem of food deserts, or areas of the country with limited access to fresh healthy food. She has now advanced to final rounds in three different events this season.
Mitchell Levy of Kelso and Camren Thornton of Longview also competed at the tournament. Across the board, the Fighting Smelt had strong performances, and will look to incorporate feedback to improve for future tournaments.
LCC Speech and Debate will be hosting the 46th Annual Smelt Classic speech and debate tournament on campus in Longview the weekend of December 1-2. Teams will be travelling from colleges and universities across the country to participate in this final tournament for the 2018 calendar year. Spectators are welcome.
Mitchell Levy, Ayesha Ahmed, and Camren Thornton of LCC's Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team