Carroll College, Helena Montana


Carroll Talking Saints finish with national awards

Carroll College’s top debate team brought home two national awards from the United States Universities Debating Championship held on April 8-10, 2016 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. The awards were the sixth and seventh national honors won by the Talking Saints in the past four years at the United States World Debate national championships. Story

Carroll Talking Saints Off to Nationals

National SaintsHELENA – Ten members of the Carroll College Talking Saints forensics team have qualified for the national championships to be held in Gainesville, Florida, on April 1-4 and in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 8-11. Carroll’s students attended national-level warm-ups during February and March to tune up and qualify for the April championships.

Carroll’s top senior debate team, Mark Schmutzler of Helena and Ryden Meyer of Portland, finished second in World Debate at the Western United States championships held at Cal Poly on March 4-6. Carroll was defending its Western title won in 2015, but lost a close decision in finals to a team from the University of Alaska. Story

Talking Saints Share Regional Crown for 26th Straight Year

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

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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.

Carroll forensics team dominate debate

Talking SaintsThe 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

Talking Saints Continue to Rack Up Wins

EdmontonThe 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, 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.