Cleveland Champions at Oregon State
The parliamentary debate season in Oregon ended with a final round between Cleveland's Henry Hawking & Quinn Samoulidis and Southridge's Jakob Hollenbeck & Joey Miller— two teams that have dominated the Oregon circuit for the season's duration. Negating the resolution, “This House would take action to preserve the student’s right to protest ought to be protected,” Cleveland took the win on a 2-1 split decision, after many laughs about the resolution's grammar. Both teams were undefeated during preliminary rounds.
Over the weekend of April 26th, 39 teams gathered from 28 schools, a slightly smaller field than last year. The tournament, spread out among three days, included four preliminary rounds and a break to octofinals. Due to the relaxed schedule, the tournament ran promptly with few glitches.
Champion Henry Hawking came to the state championship a few weeks after attending the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions, and noted the difference between the two tournaments. "It was a weird shift to go from the TOC to the Oregon circuit," he said. "It almost felt like a different event.”
Part of this difference derived from the lack of policy resolutions at state, despite the provision of topic areas for each round. Multiple resolutions were worded similarly to policy topics but lacked actors, which lead most teams to defend them like fact/value resolutions.
The tournament could be considered lay, due to a low prevalence of theory or critiques and few flow judges. However, that changed in late elimination rounds: “The finals panel was by far one of the most qualified I’ve ever had in Oregon,” said Hawking. That panel consisted of two high school debate coaches and a debater from Lewis and Clark College.
As the Oregon circuit finished for the year, many seniors, including the finalists, said their goodbyes to high school debate. “It was great hitting Quinn [Samoulidis] and Henry [Hawking] in finals because we had been hitting them all season, so it was a fitting ending,” said Jakob Hollenbeck. His partner Joey Miller agreed. “Some of my closest friends come from my rounds, and the experiences we shared brought a whole new level to the debate experience,” he said.
Ashland Hannah Doyle & Alex Webb def. Westview Rohan Shetty & Hanrui Huang (3-0)
Cleveland Quinn Samoulidis & Henry Hawking def. Crescent Valley Jay Archer & Todd Meng (2-1)
Lakeridge Eva Augst & Claire Fennell def. Marshfield Trevor Moen & Aiden Leahy-Crooks (2-1)
Southridge Arian Ghorbani & Jaxon Rotan def. Gresham-Barlow Kayden Doering & Kanen McReynolds (2-1)
South Eugene Madeline Spawn & Ava Vasconcellos def. Crescent Valley Aravind Sriram & Garak Ward (2-1)
South Eugene Nate Tavakolian & Jimmy Wang def. Sprague Geovanny Tolentino & Deepak Ilango (2-1)
South Medford Dominic Adams & Coi Holloway def. Sherwood Dimitrios Lampros & Brendan Randall (3-0)
Southridge Joey Miller & Jakob Hollenbeck def. Neah-Kah-Nie Ethan Lee & Animesh Patel (3-0)
Ashland Hannah Doyle & Alex Webb def. South Medford Dominic Adams & Coi Holloway (3-0)
Cleveland Quinn Samoulidis & Henry Hawking def. South Eugene Madeline Spawn & Ava Vasconcellos (3-0)
Lakeridge Eva Augst & Claire Fennell def. Southridge Arian Ghorbani & Jaxon Rotan (2-1)
Southridge Joey Miller & Jakob Hollenbeck def. South Eugene Nate Tavakolian & Jimmy Wang (2-1)
Cleveland Quinn Samoulidis & Henry Hawking def. Ashland Hannah Doyle & Alex Webb (2-1)
Southridge Joey Miller & Jakob Hollenbeck def. Lakeridge Eva Augst & Claire Fennell (2-1)
Cleveland Quinn Samoulidis & Henry Hawking def. Southridge Joey Miller & Jakob Hollenbeck (2-1)