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WL speech and debate falls short of nationals but qualifies three for state

Elise Brown, Hunter Bosson and Joe Erickson set for state championships on April 18


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Front row from left: Maria Leitz, Elise Brown, Alex Sisca, Tiffany Lee; middle row from left: Brandi Meyers, Joe Erickson, Jennifer Jain; back row from left: Eric Dale, Gunnar Maples, Daniel Ngyuen and Huster Bosson.The West Linn High School speech and debate team narrowly missed qualifying any competitors for the National Forensics League Championships two weeks ago but will still have three representatives in the State Speech and Debate Championships at Western Oregon University later in April.

The team’s co-coach, Jan Bosson, arrived at the national qualifiers with the hope of sending at least one student on to Birmingham, Ala., for the national championships. Senior team president Elise Brown had qualified the year prior, but this time around she and her teammates fell just short, with Brown placing as a finalist in the “Oratory” category and the pair of Brown and freshman Joe Erickson also earning finalist honors in “Duo Interpretation.”

“We were a little disappointed it didn’t happen,” Bosson said. “But it was a whole different group of judges from last year, and it just kind of depends.”

A berth in the state championship is nothing to sneeze at, either. From April 18 to 20, Brown, Erickson and junior Hunter Bosson will compete for top honors in their respective categories. Brown is set to appear individually in “Original Oratory” and also alongside Erickson in “Duo Interpretation.” WLHS took first in both categories at the Three Rivers District Tournament back on March 15.

At that tournament, Brown and Erickson’s “Duo Interpretation” performance consisted of the 10-minute acting out of a Dr. Seuss book without using words or even looking at each other.

“They were doing things in coordination,” Jan Bosson said. “Syncing their movements, based on interpretation.”

Brown and Hunter Bosson, meanwhile, are also set to compete in the “Parliamentary Debate” category after a fourth-place district tournament finish.

Senior Alex Sisca and junior Brandi Meyers just missed a state championship in the “Duo Interpretation” category, but will serve as an alternate team in the case that a replacement is needed.




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