December 6, 2018
The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team hosted and competed at the 46th Annual Smelt Classic on December 1 and 2. The tournament featured 13 categories of speech and debate events and was attended by 14 regional and national colleges. Though LCC was not eligible for team sweepstakes awards at their own tournament, many competitors experienced individual success.
The Fighting Smelt were led by Olivia Shulke of Castle Rock, who advanced to semifinals in IPDA public debate. After a perfect 5-0 record in the preliminary rounds, she was eliminated in a contentious debate about the United States’ trade sanctions on Zimbabwe. Shulke also placed second in Persuasive Speaking with a compelling presentation about organ donation.
Ayesha Ahmed of Cathlamet continued her hot streak in speech events. She was named champion of Persuasive Speaking for her presentation on food deserts in America. She also placed fifth in novice Impromptu Speaking.
Mitchell Levy of Kelso placed fifth in Editorial Commentary with a speech exploring Chinese foreign investment. He was also named top novice in Informative Speaking and second speaker in junior IPDA debate.
Lydia Partridge of Longview was named fifth speaker in novice IPDA debate in her first ever collegiate tournament.
LCC Speech and Debate will now take some time off between academic quarters. They will be back in action January 25-27 at the Viking Invitational hosted by Western Washington University.
Pictured left to right: Lydia Partridge, Ayesha Ahmed, Camren Thornton, Mitchell Levy, and Olivia Shulke