Forensics/Speech & Debate Team

Miranda at Nationals at Stanford, 2018

Forensics at George Fox University

The George Fox forensics team is a member of the Northwest Forensics Conference, representing colleges and universities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah and California. George Fox’s award-winning speech and debate team offers students the opportunity to compete on a national level with other colleges and universities in both individual events (persuasion, informative, extemporaneous, and impromptu, etc.) and British Parliamentary Debate. Each year, the team attends six to seven tournaments to compete in speech and debate events, presents public performances, and meets once a week for two hours to practice.

Travel, Education, and Experience

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Our goal is to take students into competitive experiences in as many different places as we can. We have debated in the Oregon State Penitentiary for an outreach program with inmates...

Oregon State Prison, 2014

...to Washington, DC to debate in front of NASA astronauts and scientists about the potentially ethical concerns of space exploration...

NASA Trophies

...and to many classical competitions at Anchorage, Clemson, Stanford, and Hawaii.

Clemson Grand Announce 2019

Formal at Stanford, 2018

Hawaii 2020

How to Get Involved

No experience is necessary to be involved in forensics. Some members of George Fox’s team have extensive high school training, but a large number of students come only with the goal of improving their public speaking skills. The team travels regionally, and, when possible, nationally. For more information, contact Shannon Scott, Director of Forensics, at sscott@georgefox.edu, drop by his office in Lemmons 9A, or check out one of our practice sessions on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in Lemmons 14.

Benefits: Forensics is...

  • ...an unmatched distinctive. Each year, thousands of students graduate from our nation's colleges with high GPAs, but a precious few of them are able to present their ideas while adapting to audience feedback. No resume looks worse because "Debate Team" was added to it.

  • ...a great way to develop confidence, along with skills in critical thinking/listening, organization, research methods, and public speaking.

  • ...a vital component of career preparation.  All professions require skills in language – writing, thinking, reading, speaking, and listening.

  • ...a way to empower students for participation in all facets of life. You will develop the skills that will help you in your many paths as community and church leaders, "kitchen table" problem solvers, and ethical citizens.
  • ...fun! Through forensics you will develop friendships with students from George Fox and other colleges and universities. With teamwork and cooperation, the forensics team succeeds and team members enjoy their experiences.