The McMinnville High School Invitational took place on January 27th. After three preliminary rounds, four teams broke to semifinals to earn qualifying legs to the OSAA state tournament. Like many other tournaments in Oregon this year, McMinnville did not break to a final round, choosing to instead prioritize a semifinal round to earn offer state-qualifying legs to as many teams as possible. It took a 3-0 record and high opposition strength. . .
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School hosted its first National Circuit tournament on the weekend of January 19th. In the final round, Bishop O’Dowd’s Claudia Hester & Alden O’Rafferty defeated ILEAD’s Sierra Horvath & Jackson Paluck affirming the resolution “The USFG should legalize physician assisted suicide" . . .
At the 16th annual I Have a Dream Classic, held at Monroe High School, four teams finished the three rounds undefeated: New Roads' Nolan Windham & Ben Wasson, Global Prep Academy's Cassidy Bensko & Joelle Min, iLead's Brady Hagen & Sean Rogers, Global Prep Academy's Chretien Lu & Layla Albruzzo, and New Roads' Sean Grey & Kiran Baez. Each of the three rounds was based on a fact or value resolution. The tournament style and resolutions. . .
On January 12th and 13th, Pacific University hosted its annual debate tournament, the Hap Hingston invitational. Taking place in Forest Grove, Oregon, the tournament held four preliminary rounds and broke to quarterfinals. In the final round, Southridge’s Jakob Hollenbeck & Joey Miller defeated Wilson’s Fletcher Calcagno & Elijah Moon, negating the resolution that “When in conflict, science ought to be held above morals.” Competitors had high praise. . .
On January 20th in Portland, Oregon, 34 varsity parliamentary debate teams convened to compete at the annual Jean Ward Invitational on the Lewis and Clark College campus. In finals, affirming the resolution “The USFG should increase investments in renewable energy,” Beaverton’s Evan Hunter & Elana Welter defeated Cleveland’s Henry Hawking & Quinn Samoulidis on a 3-0 decision. After six preliminary rounds, a rare occurrence in Oregon, ten teams broke to a partial octofinals round while the three top teams advanced straight to quarterfinals. . .
The Claremont Wolfpack Invitational, hosted by Claremont High School, culminated in a final round between Redland’s Ian Finley & Duncan Glover and Stockdale’s Warren Alphonso & Rishi Shah. Affirming the resolution, Finley & Duncan prevailed on a 2-1 decision. Spanning over 3 days, the invitational commenced on Friday, January 5th in the afternoon, allowing for an early Sunday evening finish. With 58 entries, Claremont expanded. . .
The northern California circuit reconvened January 12th at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational, held at James Logan High School. In finals, Campolindo’s Kevin Deng and Krish Visht defeated Los Altos’s Javin Pombra & Shirley Cheng, affirming the resolution, "The automobile has had a greater impact on the U.S. than the computer." Deng & Visht won on a 3-0 decision. . .
December 16th brought the arrival of 36 teams from New York and Connecticut in a single open division to Queens’ Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School. After four rounds of debate, the victory went to Horace Mann’s Govind Menon & Paul Wang. The other undefeated team was Thomas Edison’s Mohammed Khan & Jaelan Scott. In an interview, Menon, who also. . .