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HRV Speech-Debate wins District

Eighteen members of the Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate team travelled to Hermiston April 11 to compete for the District championship.

Besides winning the team competition, HRV will also send 12 competitors to the State Competition at Western Oregon University next week.

Seniors going on to State are Dakota Bickle, Lucas Campos-Davis, Nils Engbersen and Garrett Kelly.

In addition to their competition schedule this school year, the seniors have volunteered many hours to mentor younger team members, teaching the various events and debate preparation, according to advisor Delona Campos-Davis.

“The team has been in a building year, with many freshman and others new to competitive speech,” Campos-Davis said. “Aside from the individual events and types of speeches, students improved their research and writing skills and learned to give constructive feedback to teammates.”

Here are the full results from District:

Hannah Hart and Claire Hamada — first in Dual Interpretation

Olivia Acosta — first in Expository

Darrian Thomas — first in Extemporaneous and third in Impromptu

Dakota Bickle — second in Impromptu

Amy Webber — first in Impromptu

Nathan Johnston — first in Oratory

Katelyn McAllister — third in Poetry

Ruby Patterson — second in Poetry

Hannah Hart — first in Poetry

Lucas Campos-Davis — first in Radio

Garrett Kelly and Nils Engbersen — first in Public Forum debate

Soren Rajani and Lauren Hegemann — third in Parliamentary Debate

Amy Webber and Nate Miller — second in Parliamentary Debate

Darrian Thomas and Olivia Acosta — first in Parliamentary Debate



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