LCC’s Fighting Smelt forensics and debate team once again swam away from the competition, coming home with a dip net full of hardware from the Pi Kappa Delta National Convention and Tournament in Portland. Jeremy Schoenberg placed first in International Public Debate in the Novice division, while Christopher Mahon came in third, and Kristina Espinoza place ninth. All three also received “superior” awards. Josh Wright also placed 22nd in the division, with an “excellent” rating. Jared McIntire, Colten Sullivant, and Beau Woodward also received high ratings in a variety of categories. In the Debate Sweepstakes, LCC was rated as “excellent,” placing 13th out of the 85 colleges competing. In the Combined Sweepstakes, the Fighting Smelt ranked 4th among the 18 community colleges, and 19th overall. Coach Mike Dugaw was presented with the E. R. Nichols Award for “outstanding contributions to the furtherance of the forensics discipline;” this award is also recognized as the Pi Kappa Delta Outstanding Teaching Award. In the tournament’s closing ceremony, Dugaw was also presented with the Pi Kappa Delta Order of Attainment, which was created in 2007 to honor the societal contributions of Pi Kappa Delta. Dugaw is retiring from his teaching position at LCC at the end of this school year, but still intends to coach the Fighting Smelt.