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Lewis & Clark students have earned many individual and team honors. Keith West and Paul Bingham were the nation’s number one ranked team for the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence in 2003-04. In 2006 they represented the U.S. as our national team traveling in Great Britain. In 2005 Paul Bingham and Meredith Price won the National Parliamentary Debate Tournament. Meredith Price represented the U.S. in Britain in February of 2008, winning a 1st place speaker award. At the 2008 National Parliamentatry Debate Tournament, Eric Atcheson was selected as one of three American debaters to debate the Irish National Team. Ghazal Sharifi was the Northwest’s top individual events speaker, and Scott Cheesewright was the 2nd place overall competitor in 2008. In 2007 Lewis & Clark sent Dorothy Mix, Amy Baugher, Scott Cheesewright, and Cassie Lealamanua to Individual Events Nationals. In 2006, Scott Cheesewright advanced to semifinals in extemp, and Sage Howard and Ghazal Sharifi advanced to quarterfinals in duo. In 2005, Sharl Azar advanced to quarterfinals in persuasion.
Lewis & Clark has a number of distinguished forensics alumni, including:
- Earl Blumenauer U.S. Congressman from Oregon
- Serena Cruz former Multnomah County Commissioner
- Marcia Smith U.S. District Judge
- Larry Campbell former Speaker of the Oregon House
- Landon Mascarenez former L&C student body president now Executive Director New Mexico Teach for America
- Mark Olsen Playwright, writer, producer, Big Love (HBO)
- Stephen Dover Franklin Templeton Advisors L&C Trustee
- Roxane White Manager Denver Human Services
See also the stories linked below:
Lewis & Clark’s 2017-18 forensics season ended with a bang, as Jacob Wisda (’18) achieved the school’s first national speech finals appearance in two decades and Decker O’Donnell (’18) advanced four events to the national quarterfinals.
Jacob Wisda & the Lewis & Clark forensics team achieved historic firsts at the NFC awards ceremony held January 28 at Pacific University.
The Lewis & Clark forensics team swept the top two places in both speech and debate at the prestigious Mahaffey Memorial Tournament, held at Linfield College November 10-12, 2017.
The Lewis & Clark forensics team opened its 2017-18 season with standout performances in both speech and debate.
Lewis & Clark’s forensics team ended the 2016-17 season in historic fashion, finishing as a top ten school in both parliamentary debate and individual events at national championships.
For the second straight year, the forensics team at Lewis & Clark has been honored with the highest honor for forensics teams in the Northwest. L&C was awarded the “Gold Medal Program” at the final Northwest Forensics Conference tournament, held January 27-29 at Western Washington University.
Highlighted by Jacob Wisda’s second consecutive win of a prestigious Northwest award, Lewis & Clark’s forensics team ended the fall semester with historic performances at the Linfield College tournament held November 18-20.
Lewis & Clark’s Jacob Wisda won the 2015-16 Coaches’ Commemorative Award, recognizing him as the top overall student in the Northwest Forensics Conference. The Lewis & Clark program was honored with the Gold Medal Program award for yearlong success in speech and debate.
The Lewis & Clark forensics team unequivocally condemns threats made against Black students in the LC community.
The Lewis & Clark debate squad is ranked first in the nation according to rankings released by the National Parliamentary Debate Association.
Lewis & Clark’s forensics team started off the year in style with strong performances at tournaments held at William Jewell College, San Francisco State University and Mount Hood Community College. Team member Jacob Wisda was named the top individual speaker at SFSU out of over 300 competitors.
2015 has gotten off to a fast start for Lewis & Clark forensics, as both the debate and individual events teams have had significant successes to open the spring semester.
Fifty-six of the nation’s best parliamentary debate teams arrived in Flagstaff, Arizona, for the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE), but only one team left as national champions—Lewis & Clark’s McKay Campbell ’14 and Emily Halter ’14.
Lewis & Clark’s Ben Mann ’14 won the Northwest Forensics Conference’s top individual honor, the Coaches Commemorative Award, on January 26 at Pacific University.
The debate team of McKay Campbell ’14 and Emily Halter ’14 recently won the prestigious Great Salt Lake Invitational, held at the University of Utah. Campbell and Halter placed first out of a field of 98 teams from 34 schools across the nation, defeating a team from William Jewell College in the final debate to win the title.
The Lewis & Clark forensics team continued a strong fall of 2013 with a series of excellent performances in October. Competing in tournaments in California, Washington and on its own campus, the Pioneers collected numerous individual and team awards and have established themselves as one of the top forensics squads nationally.
Lewis & Clark’s nationally ranked debate team is currently hosting the inaugural Pioneer Debate Institute, a two week intensive experience designed to educate and train students in the competitive activity of debate.
Three students from Trinity College Dublin will travel from Dublin to Portland, OR, to appear in an exhibition debate between champions of the Irish Times competition and three of Lewis & Clark’s top debaters. The debate will take place on Monday, April 1 at 7:00 PM in Lewis & Clark’s Templeton Student Center Council Chamber.
The Lewis & Clark debate team concluded its 2012-2013 season with a 6th place school ranking and several strong individual performances.
The Lewis & Clark parliamentary debate team completed its regular season in style, as Emily Halter (CAS ’14) and Joe Hykan (CAS ’13) and were victorious at the Dean McSloy Invitational, held on the campus of Whitman College February 15-16.