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LOHS debaters earns first at state

Lakeridge students also make it to state


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lake Oswego High School debate team placed first in the 6A division of the state speech and debate competition last week.When it comes to speech and debate, local students know what they’re talking about.

Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools’ debate teams both earned a spot in the Oregon School Activities Association’s state speech championships held last Thursday to Saturday at Western Oregon University in Monmouth — and Lake Oswego High School walked away with first place in the 6A Sweepstakes. Several LOHS students also earned individual speaking awards, and the budding Speech and Debate Club members at Lakeridge are starting to bloom.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lakeridge had four students who made it to the state speech and debate competition, from left: Greg Bisbjerg, Rachel Winningham, Laura Wang and Maya Rajani.

“This was my first year at state, and it was such a positive experience,” said Meghana Mysore, an LOHS sophomore who won third place in Poetry Reading at state. “Meeting and competing with people who are passionate about the same things as you is truly fulfilling.”

Eight other LOHS students also earned awards at the event, some as duos and some as individuals: Oregon Style Cross-Examination Debate, Andrew Samuelson and Danny Hong, first; Prose Reading, Hannah Lewman, first; After Dinner Speaking, Joel Kwartler, second; Impromptu Speaking, Chris Beltrone, second; Literary Interpretation for Beginning English Language Learners, Samarthan KC, third; and Parliamentary Debate, Max Groznik and Ammas Tanveer tied a West Albany team for third.

“I don’t think the kids expected to win, which made it that much better because they were really, really surprised, and that always makes it really fun,” LOHS debate team coach Robyn Rose said.

The Lakeridge competitors were freshmen and sophomores, and they’ve learned a great deal, Lakeridge Assistant Principal Rollin Dickinson said.

“We’re really excited for next year and hoping to build a big, strong team Lakeridge,” said freshman Laura Wang who placed third at the district’s speech competition and said she learned more about world issues.

“The best parts of tournaments are coming back from rounds and discussing both the good parts and the bad parts with each other, and we just have a great time laughing at each other and improving as individuals,” Wang said.




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