Forensics debate team captures 2nd place

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David "Jidy" Chitta and Tamara Gage celebrate their award

Tamara Gage and David “Jidy” Chitta celebrate their 2nd place award from the Regional Designated Tournament held at Pacific University.

For the third consecutive time this season, the Clark College Penguin Forensics team marched straight into the final round of a debate competition. This time it was at the Northwest Junior Parliamentary Debate Championships held at the University of Washington campus in Bothell during March 8-9.

Andrew Forrest and Jeremiah Barnes became the fifth and sixth students from Clark to debate in a final round this season. Unfortunately, Clark lost in a 2-1 decision to the University of Montana in a debate about U.S. aid to Uganda, according to Adjunct Professor Aaron Donaldson, director of Forensics.

Forrest was the second-best speaker at the tournament, along with Running Start student and team captain Kaitlyn Metscher who took 4th. Forrest ranks among the very best community college debaters in the Northwest, a region which is nationally recognized as a hotbed of debate activity.

This is the second time Clark College has taken second place this year. The first was when Running Start student David “Jidy” Chitta and his partner Tamara Gage took second at Pacific University in January. Metscher and her partner Kaylene Lamb won junior division at Whitman College over the winter.

Up next is the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship tournament in Flagstaff, Ariz., which will be held over the first weekend of spring break.


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