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Support Oak Hill Debatersʼ Travel to the National Championships

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BENEFITING: OAK HILL SCHOOL

ORGANIZER: OAK HILL SCHOOL

EVENT DATE: Jun 12, 2016

Buck Arbuckle

THE STORY:

OAK HILL SCHOOL wrote -

We need your help and support! For the third consecutive year, Oak Hill debaters have qualified for the National Speech and Debate Tournament, sponsored by the National Speech and Debate Association/National Forensic League (NSDA/NFL). This yearʼs competition will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 12-18. To make our four national qualifiersʼ participation a reality, weʼre trying to raise $5000 to cover their air travel and lodging costs.

Each school year, Oak Hillʼs debate team attends nearly 20 ʻregular seasonʼ tournaments. The school pays our registration fees (which can be substantial) and provides ground transportation, but debaters -- and the teamʼs volunteer coach -- pay for their own lodging and meals. The costs add up for the debaters and their families. Thus, to ensure they can all attend the national championships, we need to raise the funds to get them there.

This yearʼs four qualifiers are:

• Laurel Eddins, a senior, in Extemporaneous Speaking;

• Emma Rosander, a senior, in Oral Interpretation;

• Conrad Sproul, a junior, in Congressional Debate; and

• Beau Taylor-Ladd, a junior, in World Schools Debate.

Our debaters have produced an outstanding record so far this year. All together, Oak Hill team members have won 14 tournament championships in debate, 13 championships in various individual events, a combined 24 second- or third-place trophies in debate and individual events, and 21 individual speaker awards in debate. For a 10-person team representing a 45-student high school, these results are nothing short of incredible. Please help them continue their season in Salt Lake City!

Testimonials:

Emma Rosander (Senior): When I first signed up for debate I was blissfully unaware of how engrossed in the activity I would become. It’s time consuming, but, even after spending many of my hours cutting evidence, reading post modern philosophy, and generally dealing with my partner’s brilliantly off color ideas for arguments, I’m still beyond happy that I did it. Debate has given me the skills to be a more confident public speaker. It has also made me more aware of politics and the world around me. My team is lovely and my coach is fantastic. After a great year establishing my partner and I as the best novice policy team in the state, I think our greatest accomplishment is qualifying for the national tournament in June. Overall, debate is a great activity that I would strongly recommend to anyone.

Conrad Sproul (Junior): In my opinion, the most educational and enriching activity offered at Oak Hill, or any high school, is speech and debate. Speech and debate are, at this point, integral parts of my life. In my experience on the Oak Hill Speech and Debate Team, I have built lasting friendships, met amazing people from all over the state, and redefined myself as a person. I have developed skills that I never knew I had, and in doing so pushed past what I ever thought was possible for me. The skills developed in debate are transferrable to every other academic activity I participate in, and non-academic pursuits as well. So, when I look at the question, “What do speech and debate mean to me?” the answer is clear. Speech and debate is the most entertaining and enriching activity I have ever participated in, and I recommend it to anyone seeking a challenging, engaging way to spend their time.

Laurel Eddins (Senior): Debate has a done a lot for me. In terms of academic achievement, debate has been fantastic. I've learned how to motivate myself to work harder, to quickly process and understand arguments, and to speak well off the top of my head. Debate has also given me a better base in political and philosophical issues that I wouldn't have learned about if it weren't for debate. I have a much greater understanding of the world from many different perspectives and I can argue from many different standpoints. Individual Events like extemp and Impromtu have helped me with essays and quickly accessing and consolidating information--which has been helpful when preparing for essay questions on AP tests. Debate has also done a lot for me in other ways. I've had the opportunity to spend time with a wonderful and brilliant group of people. I've had the chance to be part of a great community and I've met smart and driven debaters from all over Oregon. I've improved my public speaking abilities and become a lot more confident in that area.

Keith A. Eddins (Coach): High school debate changed my life, and I’m now delighted to be able to share it with another generation of students. The skills I learned and perspective I developed in debate led me into the U.S. Foreign Service, where I spent three decades as an American diplomat. And during my very last public event -- giving the July 4th speech at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 2010 -- I recall thinking that I was going through exactly the same pre-speech routine that Janie Still, my debate coach, had taught me in the mid-1970s in southern Mississippi. And now I’m teaching it to my Oak Hill team. Whether competing at a small tournament in Coos Bay or Grants Pass, a big college-hosted competition in Tacoma or Walla Walla or Eugene, or the national championships in Kansas City or Dallas, our Oak Hill debaters are gaining confidence and mastering the ability to analyze and explain and persuade. They’re learning much about the politics, economics, and the world. But, even more so, they’re learning about themselves.

Select Results for Oak Hill debaters:

Rose City Round Robin, February 26-27, 2016

• Semifinalists, CX Policy Debate

• 1st Place Team Member, World Schools Debate

• 1st Speaker, World Schools Debate

• 2nd Speaker, Lincoln-Douglas Debate

 

University of Oregon, February 19-20, 2016

• 2nd place, CX Policy Debate

• Quarterfinalists, CX Policy Debate

• 4th Speaker, CX Policy Debate

• 5th Speaker, CX Policy Debate

 

Cal Invitational (Berkeley), February 13-15, 2016

• 4-2 record and 3-3 record, CX Policy Debate, against some of the toughest competition in the country.

 

Logan Will ‘Ultimate Challenge’ (Grants Pass), January 29-30, 2016

• 1st place, Ultimate Challenge (overall competitor)

• 2nd place, Ultimate Challenge (overall competitor)

• 1st place, Parliamentary Debate • 1st place, Radio Commentary • 2nd place, Original Oratory

• 1st place, Duo Dramatic Interpretation

• 3rd place, Oral Interpretation

• 1st place, Expository Speaking

• 2nd place, Radio Commentary

• 2nd place, Oral Interpretation

• 2nd place, Impromptu Speaking

 

Wayne Morse Invitational (Univ. of Oregon), January 23 & 25, 2016

•2nd place, Spontaneous Argument (SPAR)

•Top Speaker Award, CX Policy Debate

•Top Speaker Award, CX Policy Debate

 

University of Puget Sound, January 8-9, 2016

•1st place, CX Policy Debate

•2nd place, CX Policy Debate

•1st Speaker, CX Policy Debate

•2nd Speaker, CX Policy Debate

•4th Speaker, CX Policy Debate

•5th Speaker, CX Policy Debate

 

‘Holiday Edge’ (Clackamas High School), December 5, 2015

• 1st place, Extemporaneous Speaking

• 3rd place, Lincoln-Douglas Debate

• 3d place, CX Policy Debate

• 2nd speaker, Lincoln-Douglas Debate

 

Phoenix High School Student Congress, December 2, 2015

• Overall 1st place

• Overall 2nd place

• 1st place, House 1

• 1st place, House 2

• 3rd place, House 3

 

‘Grizzly Invitational’ (Ashland High School), November 20-21, 2015

• 1st place, Lincoln-Douglas Debate

• 1st place, Parliamentary Debate

• 1st place, Impromptu Speaking

• 1st place, Extemporaneous Speaking

• 3rd place, Radio Commentary

• 1st speaker, Lincoln-Douglas Debate

• 4th speaker, Lincoln-Douglas Debate

 

Sprague Debate Invitational (Salem), November 14, 2015

• 2nd Speaker, CX Policy Debate

• 3rd Speaker, CX Policy Debate

 

‘Fox Invitational’ (Silverton High School), November 7, 2015

• Semifinalists, CX Policy Debate

 

Oak Hill ‘Purely Policy’ Debate Tournament, October 24, 2015

• 1st place, JV CX Policy Debate

• 3rd place, Varsity CX Policy Debate

• Top Speaker Award, Varsity CX Policy Debate

• Top Speaker Award, Varsity CX Policy Debate

• Top Speaker Award, JV CX Policy Debate

• Top Speaker Award, JV Cx Policy Debate

 

Willamette University, October 16-17, 2015

• 1st place, Lincoln-Douglas Debate

• 2nd place, JV Lincoln-Douglas Debate

• 1st place, Impromptu Speaking

• 2nd place, Extemporaneous Speaking

• 3rd, JV Radio Commentary

• 2nd Speaker, Lincoln-Douglas Debate

 

South Coast Invitational, October 10, 2015

• Co-Champion, Lincoln-Douglas Debate

• Co-Champion, Lincoln-Douglas Debate

• 2nd place, CX Policy Debate

• 1st place, Extemporaneous Speaking

• 2nd place, Impromptu Speaking (ALT QUAL)

 

Grants Pass Student Congress, October 7, 2015

• Overall 1st place

• Overall 2nd place

• 1st place, House 2

• 1st place, House 3

 

Sam Barlow Fall Frenzy, October 3, 2015

• 2nd place, Extemporaneous Speaking

 

Gaffney Invitational @ Univ. of Oregon, September 26, 2015

• 2nd place, CX Policy Debate

• 3rd place, Novice CX Policy

• 1st place, Extemporaneous Speaking

• 1st place, Novice Oral Interpretation

• 3rd place, Novice Impromptu Speaking

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