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Marshfield speech and debate team

Coos Bay School District's speech and debate team brings home wins over the weekend.

COOS BAY — The Marshfield speech and debate team brought home more awards over the weekend.

Twenty-three students from the Coos Bay School District attended the Hap Hingston Tournament at Pacific University in Forest Grove, the first tournament since the break.

“Overall they did pretty well,” said coach Kayla Crook. “They competed in the congressional debate for the first time and competed against a lot of northern schools that have a lot of opportunities to do congress on a monthly basis where we don’t.”

The congressional debate includes giving students a packet of bills they have to debate on. Students have three minutes to give a speech either affirming or negating the bill with a question period after to explain their position.

Crook said there were 20 to 25 kids in each “chamber” or one of three houses including the National House, American House, and a senate.

“I had kids in all three,” she said.

Each of the houses have an Outstanding Chair that runs the congress by calling on students. For each of the houses, one of Crook’s students won Outstanding Chair.

“So we swept that,” she said. “We also had two students place third in their houses, which is good for us, but that was the debate portion. We focused mostly on speech.”

Of the Marshfield team, there were 12 who either made it to the semifinals or finals. There were also others who placed throughout the speech portions too.

The highest placed student was Trevor Moen who landed second in Individual Events. However, three students took first place with Madeline Deleon in Expository Speaking, Trevor Moen in Humorous Interpretation, and Titus Simon in After Dinner Speaking.

Trevor Moen won second again, this time with speech partner Shawn Zousel in the Dual Interpretation.

Connor Murray won third in Dramatic Interpretation, as did McKenzie Rescorla in Humorous Interpretation, Jorda Harlow and Bella Sperling in Dual Interpretation, Jessica Baimbridge in American House (congress), and Madeline Deleon in National House (congress).

Other Marshfield students who made it to finals were Jessica Baimbridge in Program Oral Interpretation, Ashley Warrick in Program Oral Interpretation, Alliah Gonzalez in Poetry and Aiden Leahy-Crooks in Humorous Interpretation.

The team heads out again this weekend to the Lewis and Clark tournament. They will attend six more before the end of the year and won’t find out if they qualify for nationals until the spring.

“There’s a lot of talent in speech and debate across Oregon,” Crook said. “My kids are hard workers so I have hopes we will make it to nationals again.”

To donate to the speech and debate team, checks can be given to Marshfield High School at the attention of Speech and Debate.

Reporter Jillian Ward can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 235, or by email at Follow her on Twitter: @JE_Wardwriter.