NNU forensics team takes honors

February 10, 2010, 2:06 pm

Northwest Nazarene University’s forensics team just returned from the Fred Scheller Forensics Invitational at Pacific University, Forest Grove, Ore., where they competed against 475 entrants from 19 colleges and universities throughout the Northwest, in addition to California, Utah and Montana. NNU’s team took the 3rd Place Division II Team Sweepstakes Individual Events Award for the tournament and 3rd Place Division II Team Sweepstakes Individual Events Award for the 2009-2010 season.

Jason Montgomery, Nampa, Idaho, took first place in Impromptu Speaking and fifth in Communication Analysis; Heather White, Hillsboro, Ore., earned third place in After Dinner Speaking and fourth place in Extemporaneous Speaking; and Rachel Allen, Nampa, Idaho, was awarded fifth place in Programmed Oral Interpretation. Other students representing NNU were Dominic Bernamonti, Meridian, Idaho; John Crabill, Nampa, Idaho; Allison Hawn, Eagle, Idaho; Betsy Hillman, Yakima, Wash.; and Heather Pruett, Nampa, Idaho.

Rachel Allen, Allison Hawn, Jason Montgomery and Heather White were named to the Nationals Team and will compete at the National Christian Colleges Forensics Tournament in Cedarville, Ohio in March.

“I’m very excited to get to go to nationals with a talented squad – NNU is blessed to have an outstanding coaching staff that helps us have these wonderful opportunities. Christian Nationals will be a great wrap-up to an excellent year for the NNU Forensics Team, and I am very proud to be a part of it,” said forensics team and Pi Kappa Delta chapter president Jason Montgomery.

Professor Adamson, assistant professor in communication studies and the director of NNU forensics, stated, “Because the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) has started to gain popularity in the Northwest, we decided to try it out and had our first student place in IPDA. Not only is this the first time for Heather White, this is a first for NNU. I am very excited about her accomplishment in this event where they debate current events and philosophical ideas, and I am proud of her leadership and looking forward to more team members getting involved.”

Competition will continue at the next tournament located at Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, Ore., Feb. 25-28. For more information, contact Professor Adamson at

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