Speech and Debate Team Celebrates Regional Victory

Published: February 1, 2018

College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Speech and Debate Team continued a strong competitive season with a Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC) Division III regional victory at Pacific University’s Scheller Invitational. The tournament, held in Forest Grove, Oregon, Jan. 26 – 28, 2018, consisted of two- and four-year schools from the region and served as the close of the NFC 2017 Season. CWI’s Speech and Debate Team was recognized as the top northwest two-year school across all qualifying NFC tournaments.

In addition to NFC season accolades, the team was recognized as both the top Division III school at the tournament and third in Division I team sweepstakes.

“Division I encompasses the four-year programs that travel to the most tournaments per season, meaning that CWI’s third-place victory is a significant accomplishment” said Jim Gatfield, Director of Forensics at the College.

CWI brought home 19 individual awards across both speech and debate events. In novice IPDA debate, Kevin Trombly and Izzy Stoddard advanced to the final round.

The team now looks forward to the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee, March 14 – 17, 2018.


Team Awards:

NFC Season Awards
1st Place, NFC Division III Overall Sweepstakes

Tournament Awards
Scheller Invitational Division III Champion
3rd place, Division I Sweepstakes

Individual Events:

Dramatic Interpretation
1st place Junior – Bryce Funkhauser

Informative Speaking
1st place Novice – Izzy Stoddard

Impromptu Speaking
Finalist Junior – Robert Herold
2nd place Novice – Izzy Stoddard
5th place Novice – Kevin Trombly

Persuasive Speaking
2nd place Novice – Kevin Trombly

4th place Junior – Adrianna Davis
3rd place Novice – Kian Brinkerhoff

Debate Events:

IPDA Debate
Junior Octofinalist – Robert Herold
Novice Champions (closed out finals) – Kevin Trombly and Izzy Stoddard
Novice Quarterfinalist – Alex Watt
Novice Quarterfinalist – Bryce Funkhauser
Novice Octofinalist – Jacob Retegan

IPDA Speaker Awards
1st place Novice – Kevin Trombly
4th place Novice – Izzy Stoddard
5th place Novice – Bryce Funkhauser
6th place Novice – Marley Dawson
7th place Novice – Tim Cornell

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