On Saturday at Clackamas High School, a pool of 53 teams narrowed down to four semifinalists after three prelims. Following the trend on the northern Oregon debate circuit, there was no final round held. However, Cleveland's Oz Johnson-Congleton & Lily Panetta and Lakeridge's Albert Wang & Cole Lambo emerged as finalists.
It took an undefeated record and an average of 1.66 opposition wins to break to semifinals. With a competitive pool, three undefeated teams did not break to semifinals: Lake Oswego's Connor Pancoast & Jackson Dyal, La Salle Catholic's Katie Quines & Winnie Gregory, and South Albany's Daniel Breitmayer & Ryan Nafziger.
Johnson-Congleton & Panetta successfully negated the resolution, "Facebook should do more to protect user privacy," against Southridge's Julia Dayton & Joey Miller on a 3-0 decision. Congleton & Panetta focused on user accountability, while Dayton & Miller highlighted privacy abuses occurring on the social media site in the status quo.
Meanwhile, Wang & Lambo affirmed on the resolution, "The right to privacy is overrated," against Hood River Valley's Lauren Greenleaf & Lauren Hegemann. In a 2-1 decision, Wang & Lambo's prioritization of security outweighed Greenleaf & Hegemann's case.
Following a lengthy winter break, the Oregon circuit will meet again at the Jean Ward Invitational on January 13.
Our Oregon correspondents are Karl Moeglein, who debates for Ashland High School, and SaraJane Griffiths, who debates for Lake Oswego High School.