Speech and Debate Team Dominates at Linfield

Published: November 17, 2017

College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Speech and Debate Team continued a strong 2017-2018 competitive season with a first place victory among community colleges at the 87th Mahaffey Memorial, hosted by Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, Nov. 10-12.

Eighteen students competed for CWI in both speech and debate events, bringing home nine individual awards in debate and 13 individual awards in speeches on the way to winning the team’s fifth community college championship at the tournament.

The Mahaffey Memorial is the second of three Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC) designated tournaments in which the team will be competing to earn points towards the division championship decided in January. The team now prepares for The Scheller Invitational, the final tournament in the NFC designates, held at Pacific University Jan. 26-28.

Mahaffey Memorial Tournament Results

Overall Team Sweepstakes:  1st place – Community Colleges

Individual Events

Dramatic Interpretation:

1st place Junior, 3rd place Open – Bryce Funkhauser
2nd place Junior – Tim Cornell
3rd place Junior – Adrianna Davis

Informative Speaking:
1st Place Novice – Izzy Stoddard
3rd Place Novice – Emily Lawrence

Impromptu Speaking:

1st place Novice – Marley Dawson
4th place Novice – Izzy Stoddard
6th place Novice – Kevin Trombly

Program Oral Interpretation (POI):
2nd place Junior – Sarah Darby


2nd place Novice – Tim Cornell
3rd place Novice – Delaney Hardin
4th place Novice – Adrianna Davis

Marshall Award (awarded to top novice and junior speakers across entire tournament):
5th place – Izzy Stoddard

Debate Events

IPDA Finalists:
Junior Quarterfinalist – Katie Newcomer
Novice Quarterfinalist – Izzy Stoddard

Novice Octofinalist:  Kevin Trombly
Novice Octofinalist:  Bryce Funkhauser
Novice Octofinalist:  Alex Watt
Novice Octofinalist:  Emily Lawrence

IPDA Speakers Awards:

1st place Novice – Alex Watt
4th Place Novice – Izzy Stoddard
9th Place Novice – Bryce Funkhauser

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