POWELL, Wyo. - The Northwest College Forensics Team wrapped up its regular season with a Feb. 15-17 blowout at the University of Nevada-Reno’s Western States Communication Association Tournament.
The Trappers placed first among community colleges and first overall out of the 20 institutions that competed, doubling the number of points earned by second place finisher San Jose State.
In an unusual move, NWC fielded a British Parliamentary debate team at this tournament and came out on top. Mallory Riley of Powell and Bonnie White of Lovell took first in the unique four-team debate event. The British Parliamentary debate was novel in another way—one of the teams Skyped in from Afghanistan to participate.
NWC also fielded the second- and third-place junior parliamentary debate teams, and earned a second and two semifinal awards in Lincoln Douglas debate.
Jessica Ayres of Newcastle claimed first place honors in the Lincoln Douglas speaker awards, followed by NWC teammates who claimed third and sixth place. NWC also swept the junior parliamentary debate speaker awards from third all the way to sixth place.
Sara Bridgeman of Cody led NWC’s individual events team by pairing up with Matt Dillon of Greybull for first place in duet. She also took fourth in junior prose, sixth in after dinner speaking and fourth in program oral interpretation.
Ayers and her debate partner Quintin Brown of Billings, Mont., will travel back to Reno March 16-18 to compete in the by-invitation-only National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence.
The NWC team will end its season April 16-19 at the Phi Rho Pi Nationals at Los Angeles Valley Community College.