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Whitworth Forensics Team Places Second at Mahaffey Tournament

November 27, 2018
Members of the Whitworth University forensics team took second place at the 88th annual Mahaffey Tournament held at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., on Nov. 17-18.

The team brought home 20 speech awards and nine debate awards. The Arguing Bucs finished ahead of regional rivals including Gonzaga University, Idaho State University, Lewis & Clark College, the University of Oregon and Whitman College.

Jericho Simone ’22 received the Brenda Marshall Award for overall outstanding student in the junior division. She took second place in novice extemporaneous, second place in informative, third place in novice impromptu, and fifth place in junior after-dinner speaking.

Tucker Wilson ’20 was the third best overall speaker at the tournament, and forensics alum and former assistant coach Micah Allred ’17 took part in the Spanish language exhibition debate and won the award for top speaker.

The team will hold an exhibition at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, at Whitworth University, Robinson Science Hall, Room 210. Its next tournament will be held at Western Washington University in Bellingham on Jan. 26-28, 2019.

The team is coached by Mike Ingram, professor of communication studies and director of forensics, and Rebecca Korf ’15, assistant director of forensics.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Mike Ingram, professor of communication studies and director of forensics, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4428 or

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or