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Howlin’ Yotes end season, prepare for nationals

The College of Idaho speech and debate team recently completed its regular season, racking up numerous team and individual honors at the Northwest Forensic Conference Championship Tournament in Bellingham, Wash. The Howlin’ Yotes received a Division II Conference Gold for season-long competition while placing third in the speech competition and second in debate.

Top performers for the C of I included Dylan Hunter and Isaac Creed, who shared first-place honors in novice international parliamentary debate. Creed also was a semifinalist in novice impromptu speaking. Meanwhile, freshman Marabie Barck placed first in junior dramatic interpretation and second in junior impromptu.  Other top-five finishers included Cristian Magallon (third in novice dramatic interpretation, fourth in novice extemporaneous, fourth in speaker in novice parliamentary debate), Rob Sepich (third in varsity international public debate, fifth in varsity extemporaneous speaking), Kris Cruz and Kristine Howe (fourth in varsity duo interpretation) and Cory Barham (fifth in speaker in novice parliamentary debate). 

Prior to the conference championships, the Howlin’ Yotes competed at the Mile High Tournament hosted by Colorado College. The parliamentary debate team of Tyler Guryan and Kris Cruz were octafinalists and made College of Idaho history by earning a first-round bid to the prestigious National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence. Guryan and Cruz will travel to Stockton, Calif. in March to compete against the best parliamentary debaters from around the country.

The C of I team now is looking ahead to March, when students will compete at three national competitions: the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, the National Parliamentary Debate Association Tournament, and the Pi Kappa Delta Speech & Debate Nationals.

For more information about the Howlin Yotes, please contact coach Tabitha Miller at [email protected].

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit