The Carroll College Talking Saints forensics team received a Gold Medal Program award, the Northwest region’s highest honor, at the close of the Pacific University tournament in Forest Grove, Oregon, held January 29-31, 2016. Carroll was also honored as the region’s best overall debate program, and received a presidential award as the region’s best World Debate program.
This marks the 26th consecutive year the Talking Saints have won or shared the Northwest Conference championship. Boise State University and Lewis & Clark College also earned Division I gold program awards. Boise State won the tournament, with Carroll second and Lewis & Clark third. Twenty-eight colleges from five states participated. Story
The Carroll College Talking Saints have won or shared the Northwest Forensics Conference championship for 25 consecutive years.
The Talking Saints compete nationally and globally, with yearly travel to Canada and occasional travel places like to Oxford and Cambridge. Students regularly qualify for the national championships in debate and individual events.
The Talking Saints offer scholarships in debate, speech and interpretation and welcome students without experience in fields such as pre-law and communication.
The Carroll College Talking Saints forensics team won 36 awards, dominated World Debate and finished second overall in the Mahaffey Memorial Collegiate Forensics Tournament at Linfield College on November 13-15, 2015. Linfield is one of three tournaments that determine the regional championship.
Four Carroll debaters were chosen to represent their country in an international Skype debate against teams from Afghanistan in a special international event during the weekend. The teams debated whether Afghanistan would be better off with a secular government.
Eighteen of the 21 Carroll team members brought home awards competing against 35 schools from eight states including squads from New York, California and Colorado. Boise State, coached by Talking Saints alumna Manda Hicks ’97, beat the Talking Saints to win first place sweepstakes recognition. Story
The Carroll College Talking Saints forensics team won six first place awards in two countries over the October 23-24, 2015 weekend, with success in Spokane, Washington, and Edmonton, Alberta.
In Spokane, senior Hanna Hillier of Jerome, Idaho, dominated interpretation at Whitworth University, winning two first places in prose interpretation and two first places in dramatic interpretation. The “swing” tournament had two full tournaments in one weekend: one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Story
The Carroll College forensics team was started in the 1940s and has witnessed many changes in the lives of students, as well as the college. Competing in debate, platform speaking, and interpretation events, the members of the Carroll College Talking Saints have consistently excelled in tournaments across the country. More importantly, participation on the team provides an opportunity to build career goals, develop interpersonal skills, and build relationships that will last a lifetime.
More importantly, participation on the team provides an opportunity to build career goals, develop interpersonal skills, and build relationships that will last a lifetime.
The Carroll College Forensics team competes in the Northwest Region, which is composed of the schools of Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. During the course of the year, members of the team attend an average of ten tournaments, competing not only within the region, but on the national level as well.
The Carroll College team, although directed towards success, has puts many values above winning. The team members must maintain high academic standards to compete for the squad, and grades are always more important than travel. The Forensics team itself, although competitive, has developed a family orientation, allowing the team to become close to one another in times of trouble.
The program is coached by Professor Brent Northup, who also heads the Communication Department at Carroll.