NORTH BEND — North Bend High’s forensics team is one of the top speech and debate teams in the state.
The Bulldogs’ 11 team members took fifth place in the larger school division at the Hap Hingston Invitational at Pacific University last weekend. They also scored the fifth-most points of the 30 competing teams.
North Bend won third place for quality points, meaning per average entry, North Bend competitors earned the third most points.
Sophomore Grant Goodwin earned a $5,000 scholarship as the tournament’s top speaker, since he took first place in senior humorous interpretation and senior prose reading. He can continue to earn the award as a junior and a senior, netting $15,000. He and his partner Lorien Deyo also took second place in senior dual interpretation. Deyo also made it to the final round in senior humorous interpretation.
Goodwin is North Bend’s only competitor to have qualified for the National Forensic Tournament as a freshman.
Alyssa Matas took first in junior prose and made it to the semifinals in junior poetry. Chelsea Samora took fifth in senior oratory and second in debate speaker points for Lincoln-Douglas debate.
Hannah Schandelmeier-Lynch made it to the semifinals in junior Lincoln-Douglas debate, Sara Frings earned fifth in senior humorous interpretation, Emma Dahle took fifth in junior poetry and team captain Drew Simon made it to the final round in senior expository speaking.