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We are the Fighting Smelt

For over 45 years, Lower Columbia College has had strong and successful Speech and Debate teams. We take pride in our legacy and the generations of leaders who have come from our program.

Our team is also a chapter of the honor organizations Phi Rho Pi and Pi Kappa Delta. Phi Rho Pi is the national forensics association for two-year colleges. Pi Kappa Delta is a national collegiate honor organization dedicated to “the art of persuasion, beautiful and just.”

What is Speech & Debate?

Our team travels to regional and national tournaments where student competitors go head to head with speakers and debaters from other schools. Our team members participate in a variety of activities from IPDA debate to public address speaking (informative, persuasive, etc.) to dramatic performance (poetry, prose, etc.).

Competitors learn and practice a variety of critical thinking, analytical, and public speaking skills. We strive to provide a rigorous intellectual experience for students that will be meaningful regardless of past experiences or future aspirations. Team members can also earn up to two credits per quarter for their participation.

How do I join?

Stop by one of our team practices! All practices are open to our campus community, and we would love to share what we’re working on. Please see our current meeting schedule.

You are also welcome to contact Alex Brehm, Director of the Speech & Debate team via email or phone. Alex’s contact information is listed below.

Join the Speech & Debate Team!

Debate Team Members

  Meeting Schedule

Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:30 pm in the Rose Center for the Arts Room 141.

Contact Speech & Debate


  Alex Brehm, Communication Studies Instructor


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