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Arguing Bucs Are Northwest Forensics Conference Champs for a Second Straight Year

February 1, 2022

The Whitworth University forensics team has done it again! The Arguing Bucs are Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC) champions for the second straight year.    

The team won the Pacific University online regional tournament, held Jan. 28-30. The NFC annually designates three regional tournaments and combines sweepstakes points for regional championships. With their win last weekend, the Arguing Bucs repeated last year’s performance, winning two of the three regional tournaments in a single season.

The team brought home 36 speech awards and 14 debate awards. 

Jericho Simone ’22 was the top overall speaker in the speech competition. In the season-long awards, Simone received the Brent Northup Award as the top speaker/debater across the NFC. Chauncella Koulibali ’22 was the runner-up for the award.  

Whitworth was recognized as the top International Public Debate Association (IPDA) debate program in the NFC for the second consecutive year.   

Guest judges for Whitworth included AhLana Ames ’21, Jordan Bone ’18, James Eccles ’17, Addy Koneval ’16, Eli Min ’21 and Sanjay Philip ’21. 

The team’s next online tournament is sponsored by Oregon State University and will be held Feb. 12-13.  

The team is coached by Mike Ingram, professor of communication studies, Rylee Walter ’19, and Lori Welch ’90.  

About Whitworth University:

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