Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate team continued its successful season at two regional tournaments in February. A total of 23 competitors participated in the Saints Invitational at Mt. Hood Community College on Feb. 14. Junior Hannah Hart placed third in Poetry and Freshmen Sam Bertrand and Paul Hargrave made it to the final round of competition in Novice Parliamentary Debate. Also reaching the finals were Amy Webber in Impromptu and Emma Dexter in Poetry.
The team then competed at the Robert D. Clark Invitational at the University of Oregon on Feb. 20th and 21. At this tournament, which included 42 schools from four different states and Canada, freshman Amy Webber won first in Junior Impromptu and freshman Ruby Patterson won third place in Junior Poetry. Making it to the final round of competition were Senior Dakota Bickle, Impromptu; Diego Murphy-Mendez, After Dinner Speaking; Katelyn McAllister, Poetry; and Ruby Patterson, Prose.