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Reed College Debate Union named top Division Two debate program in the Pacific Northwest

Only in its second year, the debate team's achievements earn the first place sweepstakes trophy at the annual Northwest Forensics Conference

PORTLAND, OR (March 16, 2004) - At the final tournament of the Northwest Forensics Conference this past February, the Reed College Debate Union was awarded the first place sweepstakes trophy for Division Two schools, a recognition of the number of debate victories and speaking awards throughout the year.

"It is always great to see new programs join the debate community. It is especially great when a new program, such as this one, debates with success and class," noted Brent Northrup, President of the Northwest Forensics Conference, w hen announcing the award.

Founded in September 2002 by Reed students Misha Isaak and Mahrad Almotahari, the team has achieved remarkable results for such a young program, and in turn has nearly doubled in size in its first year. Keola Whittaker is the coach for this academic year.

The Reed College Debate Union is comprised of approximately fifteen students, travels to about seven tournaments every school year, and hosts a tournament each September. Junior Torrey Shineman is one of the team's top students, named fourth overall in the Northwest.

Competing Division Two schools include Albertson College, Linfield College, University of Montana, Northwest Nazarene, Oregon State University, Seattle University, Pacific University, University of Washington, Portland State University, Lewis-Clark State College, University of Portland, Washington State University, Seattle Pacific University, Northwest College, and NW Christian College.

Northwest Forensics Conference
The Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC) is an organization of colleges and universities that participate in speech and debate competitions. There were three NFC tournaments this school year. The NFC adds up the points from three and gives sweepstakes awards based on their performance at their best two NFC tournaments.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915). For more information, visit

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