Of the more than 50 regional tournaments held in the past 23 years, the Carroll College Forensics team have won all but two of them and places within the top 20 of the nation consistently.
Carroll College offers interested students one of the finest forensics programs in the Northwest, competing against colleges and universities of all sizes. Carroll's Forensics Team has won more Northwest Regional Championships than any other team in the region, with students regularly qualifying for national competition. Carroll offers forensics scholarships to promising students in debate, drama, and speech.
The Talking Saints forensics team closed its season with one of the best weekends in Carroll forensics history by recording three runners-up finishes in three national championship events held at the University of LaVerne April 13-15, 2013.
Seniors Chris Axtman of Portland and Megan Towles of Huntington Beach, Calif., began the weekend by reaching the championship round of the America’s Cup, a by-invitation-only event featuring 16 exceptional teams from the United States and abroad.
Carroll was the only undergraduate team to reach the America’s Cup final round, losing to a team from Ireland and England. Also in finals was a team from Oxford. Read more »
Carroll’s Talking Saints are atop the Northwest Forensics Conference again after the team swept to victory at the regional championship tournament held at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., on Jan. 25-27, 2013.
The win earned the Saints a share of the Northwest Forensics Regional Championship, the 23rd consecutive year the Saints have won or shared the title. Of the more than 50 regional tournaments held in the past 23 years, the Saints have won all but two of them.
The Saints were named a Gold Medal program, the conference’s highest honor. Boise State University and Whitman College were also named Gold Medal Programs for year-long achievement. Read more »
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.
Two seniors on Carroll College’s debate team competed with students from the most prestigious universities in the world in London, UK in 2012.
Megan Towles, a senior communications major, and Chris Axtman, a senior political science major, competed in the Grant Thornton Oxford Inter-Varsity 2012 debate tournament. The next week they will also competed at the Cambridge Inter-Varsity tournament. Read more | How did they do?