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Local debate teams competing at state

Lakeridge and LOHS teams take part in OSAA contest this week


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: LOHS DEBATE TEAM - Lake Oswego High School debate team did well at districts and a northern Oregon competition.The Oregon School Activities Association’s speech and debate competition kicks off today — and local students already have distinguished themselves at district meets and other major debate competitions.

Lake Oswego High school took first place in the sweepstakes at a district event, moving on to the state event on tap today to Saturday at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. Lakeridge students also moved on to state. Students demonstrated strengths in various forms of speaking and debate awards, such as humorous, poetry, prose, parliamentary.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lakeridge has four students going to compete in the state speech and debate contest, from left: Greg Bisbjerg, Rachel Winningham, Laura Wang and Maya Rajani.

Lakeridge Assistant Principal Rollin Dickinson said he is proud of the Pacer debate team.

“Our team is primarily composed of a bright and promising group of freshmen and sophomores who love speech and debate,” Dickinson said. “They grew so much throughout the year, from their first-ever fledgling debate or speech to the confident, heartfelt and crafty competitors they have become.”

Four Lakeridge students are going to state: Maya Rajani, Laura Wang, Rachel Winningham and Greg Bisbjerg.

The following Lake Oswego High students won one or more first, second or third place awards: Joel Kwartler, Ammas Tanveer, Max Groznik, Hannah Lewman, Anna Kulawiec, Samarthan KC, Chris Beltrone, Sarah Kwartler, Zohar Hoter, Meghana Mysore, Soojin Park, Bill Feng, Rishi Subrahmanyan, Min Park, Andrew Samuelson and Daniel Hong. Also three LOHS students earned a Wilma Hicks award, which is special to the district competition, going to the competitor with the best overall performance in the first two rounds of debate and individual events: Joel Kwartler, first; Ammas Tanveer, second place; Max Groznik, third place.

Three Lake Oswego students also qualified for nationals in the Northern Oregon National Qualifiers, a larger debate competition than OSAA’s: Joel Kwartler, Hannah Lewman and Ammas Tanveer.

“The ‘district’ for Nationals includes every school in North Oregon, and is thus much more competitive than the OSAA district for the state qualifying tournament,” said an article on the LOHS debate team website.




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