on to state -- Eleven Forest Grove High School students qualify for state championships in Monmouth April 19-21
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Forest Grove High School speech and debate team members relax on the bus after winning the District 1 championship March 10. Eleven Vikings are set to compete at state.

Beating out six other schools, the Forest Grove High School speech and debate team won the Oregon School Activities Association District 1 championship March 10 after a two-day competition.

Eleven of 13 Vikings who participated at the district level qualified for the state championships, scheduled for April 19-21 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

With speeches on the upcoming presidential campaign, nuclear proliferation, Iraq-Iran, conflicts in the Middle East and the role of the United Nations, Forest Grove senior Jacob Walls qualified in all three of his events, said Sue Cowan, speech and debate coach.

'It was a remarkable feat,' she said.

Christina Cortez, a freshman, qualified in two events. In total, the team captured 14 slots for the state championship tournament.

District results in debate were as follows:

• Jacob Walls, first place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

• Chris Case and Matt Dowty, first place in Policy (cross examination) Debate

• Storm Brown and Ben McAdams, second place in Public Forum Debate

District results in speech were as follows:

• Ben McAdams, first place in Dramatic Interpretation

• Christina Cortez, second place in Dramatic Interpretation

• Sebastian Lawler and Christina Cortez, third place in Duo Interpretation

• Jacob Walls, second place in Extemporaneous Speaking and fourth place in Impromptu Speaking

• Sydney Knox, second place in Poetry Presentation

• Matt Dowty, first place in Oratory.

In the Student Congress category, Chris Case took first place; Moriah Faas took second place and Rosa Ramirez took third place.

This week the Forest Grove team is participating in the National Forensic League Tournament at Mt Hood Community College, where students have the opportunity to qualify to attend the National Speech and Debate Championships.

That contest will be held in Kansas in mid-June.

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