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Welcome To The Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team!

For over 50 years, Lower Columbia College has had strong and successful Speech and Debate team. We take pride in our legacy and the generations of leaders who have come from our program. Currently, LCC Speech and Debate is a Gold Medal community college program in the Northwest Forensics Conference (representing Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Alaska), and is the third ranked IPDA debate community college in the nation.

Our team is also a chapter of the honor organizations Phi Rho Pi and Pi Kappa Delta. Phi Rho Pi is the national forensics association for two-year colleges. Pi Kappa Delta is a national collegiate honor organization dedicated to “the art of persuasion, beautiful and just.”

What is Speech & Debate?

Our team travels to regional and national tournaments where student competitors go head to head with speakers and debaters from other schools. Our team members participate in a variety of activities, and there is a competition event for every interest:

  • Debate – we focus on IPDA, a one-on-one style of public debate
  • Limited Prep – including Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Interpretation – including Prose, Drama, and Poetry interpretation
  • Public Address – including Informative and Persuasive Speaking

Competitors learn and practice a variety of critical thinking, analytical, and public speaking skills. We strive to provide a rigorous intellectual experience for students that will be meaningful regardless of past experiences or future aspirations.

Earn Credit for Participating

Through the 2-credit CMST courses “Competitive Public Speaking” and “Intercollegiate Debate, team members earn useful academic credits for participating.

Not interested in college credits? No problem. Any LCC student can participate without signing up for credits.

Debate Team Members

  Meeting Schedule

Open practice from 4-6pm on Mondays and Fridays for Fall 2020.

All Practices will be held remotely using Zoom video conferencing. Join our practice here:

Meeting ID: 575 662 9462


How do I join?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic current social distancing guidelines, LCC Speech & Debate is operating a little differently. We are currently having all team and individual practices remotely over Zoom. If you are interested in attending one of our Zoom meetings, enter our Zoom meeting room (listed below and in “Meeting Schedule” in the right margin) from 5-6pm on Mondays. These practices are open to all LCC students, and we would love to share what we’re working on.

You are also welcome to contact Alex Brehm, Director of Forensics, via email. Alex's contact information is listed at the bottom of the page.

Mike Dugaw

Celebrating the Legacy of Mike “Sir” Dugaw

Mike Dugaw, who coached the LCC Fighting Smelt Speech and Debate team from 1973 to 2012, passed away on December 28, 2018. He built our program into a national contender and mentored countless competitors and coaches along the way. Read more about his legacy in this article from The Daily News.

The Dugaw Family, in collaboration with the Lower Columbia College Foundation and Speech and Debate Team, have established the Mike Dugaw Fighting Smelt Forensics Scholarship in his honor. This scholarship will support future generations of students who participate in speech and debate. To make a tax-deductible donation, please click the button below (choose “Other” from the “Use this donation for” dropdown and include "Mike Dugaw Fighting Smelt Scholarship" in the notes section).

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Contact Speech & Debate


  Alex Brehm, Communication Studies Instructor

  (360) 442-2670

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