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Whitworth Forensics Team Takes First Place at National Tournament

March 19, 2019
The Whitworth University forensics team took first place at the National Christian College Forensics Association’s Invitational in Salina, Kan., March 14-16.

The tournament included 19 Christian schools from 14 states who are members of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) or have a similar Christian commitment.

Whitworth took second place in speech sweepstakes, first in debate sweepstakes and first place overall. The Arguing Bucs finished ahead of such schools as Belmont University, Biola University, Colorado Christian University and Liberty University.

This is the seventh time in eight years the team has won this tournament.

The overall best novice competitor was Kelea Ilac ’22. Chauncey Koulibali ’22 came in second. Tucker Wilson ’20 was the second best overall varsity competitor.

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.

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

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