POWELL, Wyo. - Northwest College Forensics scored back-to-back championships in its first two tournaments of the season.
Starting at the United States Air Force Academy Sept. 27-29 in Colorado Springs, Colo., NWC finished first among community colleges, first in debate sweepstakes and fourth overall among all two- and four-year colleges in attendance. NWC garnered the top spot by picking up five individual events awards and nine debate placings.
Big Horn Basin students collecting awards included Matt Dillon of Greybull who shared a sixth and a seventh in duet and a fifth in open parliamentary debate; Madison George of Cody who shared a fifth in duet, placed fifth in poetry and was named seventh novice debate speaker; Josh Hopkin of Greybull shared a seventh place in duet, placed fourth in communication analysis, fourth in novice parliamentary debate and third place novice debate speaker; Sean Myers of Powell was named second novice debate speaker; and Carter Reed of Cody placed fifth in open parliamentary debate.
The NWC parliamentary debating team of Quintin Brown of Billings, Mont., and Claire Garman of Townsend, Mont., was one of only two community college teams invited to participate in an invitation-only round robin hosted by the University of Utah in Colorado Springs the same weekend. The NWC duo finished third; Brown was named first-place speaker.
Northwest traveled to Casper Oct. 10-12 for the Pioneer Trails Invitational, this time finishing first among community colleges and second overall.
NWC team members picked up 14 individual event placings and eight debate awards. Garman claimed the highest individual placing, taking the first place speaker award in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
Big Horn Basin award winners were Dillon (fourth drama, second duet, second prose, second open parliamentary and fourth open parliamentary speaker), George (third and fourth in duet), Hopkin (second duet, fourth communication analysis, fifth after dinner speaking), Myers (second poetry) and Reed (third duet and second informative).
The Northwest squad hits the road back to Colorado Springs Oct. 25-27 for its last traveling tournament of the semester at the Al Johnson Invitational.