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Fighting Smelt Forensics Team Takes Top Honors

For Immediate Release

December 13, 2013

Lower Columbia College was the top community college at the Clark College Iverson/Bacon-Vickery Memorial Tournament held December 7-8 in Vancouver.

The Fighting Smelt were bolstered by outstanding performances in both debate and individual speaking events to compile the top combined record among nine schools from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Lower Columbia College Forensics Team Competitors

Pictured (l-r): Coaches: Dr. Dan Schabot, Leah Moore, Team: Ben Soleim, Marty Kay, Sarah Paschen, Holly Lemmons, Bonnie Ellis, Chaney Cariker, Erin Mastoras, Ben Vasion, Rosse Rodriguez, Tanner Wiley.

Tanner Wiley, of Longview, took Bronze in varsity Public Debate after a four-win and one-loss preliminary record, defeated only by the Gold winner from College of Southern Idaho.

Marty Kay, of Kelso, won Gold in junior varsity Public Debate after a four-win and one-loss preliminary record. Kay defeated competitors from Mt. Hood Community College in the bronze round and gold/silver round.

Ben Soleim, of Longview, took Silver in junior varsity Public Debate after a four-win and one-loss preliminary round record. Soleim defeated a competitor from the University of Portland in the bronze round before losing to a competitor from the College of Southern Idaho in the gold/silver round.

In speaking events the team was led by Soleim who was the top junior varsity competitor at the tournament. He took first in Extemporaneous Speaking, first in Impromptu Speaking, first in Persuasive Speaking, third in Editorial Commentary, and third in Duo Dramatic Interpretation with partner Kay.

Kay took second in varsity After Dinner Speaking, and sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking. Wiley placed second in informative speaking. Ben Vasion, of Cathlamet, placed second in junior varsity Dramatic Interpretation, fourth in Editorial Commentary and fifth in Duo Dramatic Interpretation with partner Holly Lemmons, of Kelso. Erin Mastoras of Medford, OR participating at her first tournament for the Fighting Smelt, placed second in Persuasive Speaking. Rosse Rodriguez, of Longview placed fourth in Informative Speaking. Bonnie Ellis, of Cathlamet, placed 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Soliem was awarded the Dave Kosloski Award for Forensics Excellence as the top overall junior varsity competitor in both debate and individual speaking events.

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For more information

Dr. Daniel Schabot, Director of Forensics/Speech Communication Instructor, Lower Columbia College, 360.442.2670 .

Sue Groth, Director of College Relations & Marketing, Lower Columbia College, 360.442.2110, sgroth@lowercolumbia.edu

Tournament Information Site: 2013 Iverson/Bacon-Vickry

Coaches Dr. Dan Schabot, Leah Moore, Team: Ben Soleim, Marty Kay, Sarah Paschen, Holly Lemmons, Bonnie Ellis, Chaney Cariker, Erin Mastoras, Ben Vasion, Rosse Rodriguez, Tanner Wiley.