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Fighting Smelt

These three members of the Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team attended the recent Boxer Rebellion tournament in Forest Grove, Ore. Left to right are Ayesha Ahmed, Camren Thornton and Mitch Levy.

Members of the Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team placed first in community college sweepstakes at the Oct. 27 and 28 Boxer Rebellion speech and debate tournament at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.

That puts the college in the top two in community college sweepstakes at all three speech and debate tournaments so far this season, notes a press release from LCC.

Mitch Levy of Kelso advanced to the Novice International Public Debate Association semifinals after successfully affirming the resolution “Democrats should rally behind Medicare for all.” He was eliminated in the semifinal round.

Ayesha Ahmed of Cathlamet received sixth place in Novice Impromptu Speaking. In her final round, she analyzed the Marjorie M. Liu quote, “They call us monsters because it makes it easier to hurt us, but monsters are people too.” In her speech, she discussed Harriet Tubman, feminism in the 1920s and the American civil rights movement.

The team competes in the Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament the weekend of Nov. 16-18 at Linfield College in McMinnvile, Ore.

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