LCC speech and debate team standing on a staircase posing and holding a trophy for the Fred Scheller Invitational tournament at Pacific University

LCC Speech & Debate Named Conference Champions

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team earned multiple team and individual honors at the Fred Scheller Invitational tournament at Pacific University – the final Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC) Designated Tournament of the season.

In Division III season-long sweepstakes, LCC finished first place in debate, second place in speech, and was honored as a Gold Program in the conference (which represents schools in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Alaska). This marks the fourth time in the past five years that LCC has finished as conference champion or co-champion.

Charlotte Curry was the champion in the junior division of IPDA debate. She continued her impressive start to the year, having now amassed a 12-2 record across the last two tournaments. Curry also finished fifth in editorial commentary and seventh in junior extemporaneous speaking.

Keida Patterson was the champion in the novice division of persuasive speaking and top novice in program oral interpretation. Patterson also finished second in novice impromptu, advanced to quarterfinals in novice IPDA, and was named third novice speaker in IPDA debate.

Seamus Mahoney advanced to the semifinal round of novice IPDA. Seamus was the only member of the LCC squad to advance to elimination rounds in debate at all three conference designated tournaments of the season.

Anastasia Kulikova and Atilla Elik, both international students at LCC, advanced to the final round of novice persuasive speaking. They finished fourth and fifth place.

Adah Moore advanced to the final round of editorial commentary and finished sixth place.

Also competing on behalf of the Fighting Smelt were Lukas Krutz, Jupiter Hall, and Kseniia Iurchenko.

The Fighting Smelt received coaching support from program alumni Molly Mahoney, Alanya Tovar, Mitchell Levy, Erika Hein, and Glenn John Cervantes.

LCC Speech and Debate will next host the 51st annual Michael Dugaw Smelt Classic tournament on our campus in Longview on February 10-11.



Alex Brehm
Director of Forensics
Communication Studies Instructor
Lower Columbia College

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