WALLA WALLA, Wash. - More than 700 debate and speech students from about 60 high schools in Washington, Oregon and Idaho will gather on the Whitman College campus this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 6-8, for the 31st annual Whitman Invitational Tournament.

The event, one of the largest high school debate and speech tournaments in the Northwest, attracts some of the best high school talent in the region.

Four high school students from Randolph-Macon Academy (Front Royal, Virginia) and St. Francis High School (Mountain View, Calif.) are also expected to compete in the tournament. All four students are interested in Whitman as a possible college choice.

Free and open to the public, the tournament begins with registration at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Two rounds of debate in the policy and Lincoln-Douglas divisions will also take place that evening. Competition on Friday and Saturday starts at 8 a.m. and continues until 10 to 11 p.m. both days.

Competition in numerous debate and individual events will take place in nearly all buildings on campus. Event schedules will be posted in the Cordiner Hall foyer, which will serve as tournament headquarters.

At the conclusion of the tournament, Sweepstakes trophies will be awarded to the top five large-school teams and the top five small-school teams, according to Jim Hanson, director of forensics at Whitman.

About 200 coaches and judges will accompany the various high school teams to this week's tournament. Members of the Whitman debate and speech team will help with administration of the tournament.

CONTACT:

Dave Holden, Whitman News Service,
Phone: (509) 527-5902; Email: holden@whitman.edu