NNU Forensics Team - 2018 National Champs!

Northwest Nazarene University’s Forensics team competed at the National Christian College Forensics Tournament in Azusa, California, where nineteen colleges and universities from across the nation came together to compete in speech & debate events.  NNU’s team left as the Division III Individual Events Sweepstakes National Champions.

Along with this prestigious honor, almost every individual team member ranked among the top ten in at least one of their events. The students were not the only ones awarded that night. Assistant Director of Forensics Letha Quinn, walked away as the National Top Critic of NCCFA.

The NNU Forensics team competes at several tournaments throughout the year and will end the season at the IPDA Nationals Three of the team members will also participate in International British Parliamentary Debate in China this May.  

Letha Quinn said of the tournament, “The highlight of the competition was winning the Team Sweepstakes National Champion title. What makes this award incredibly special is that truly takes the best efforts of everyone on our team to achieve it.”

Forensics: Previous Experience Not Required

Forensics (speech and debate) is like an athletic team: we practice and compete with other colleges around the region and around the country in tournaments. Like golf, tennis, or track, each member of the team competes individually in their own events, adding to the team score. Also like sports, forensics is both fun in itself, and also helps you develop valuable skills you'll use in all areas of your life.

The NNU forensics team is your opportunity to hone speaking and performance skills. Previous speech and debate experience is not required to be a part of the team, and all travel expenses are paid for by the department, even cross-country flights to national tournaments.

Forensics events cover a lot of varied ground:

  • giving an interpretive reading of a piece of literature
  • orally delivering a story you've written
  • making an impromptu speech
  • taking part in a formal debate (similar to a courtroom)
  • and more.
You, with your coach, choose the event or events in which you'll participate.

The links on the left will lead you to detailed information about the team, but if you'd like more information immediately, email coach and professor Brooke Adamson at


You don't need prior competitive experience and you don't have to be a Communications major to join the team - all students are welcome! 

For more information and to join, contact Coach Adamson at

Students need to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA in order to participate in forensics.

Never been on a forensics team? There are many types of events in which students can participate -- not just debate -- so come to a meeting and find out what's possible. Students are encouraged to choose their events and seek out the themes and material(s) that fit them best.


Like most sports, scholarships are sometimes available to students who compete on the Forensics team. These scholarships are over and above the general academic scholarship you receive when you're accepted to NNU.

Please ask the coaches about the availability of these awards.