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Three Oak Hill School (Eugene, OR) debaters have qualified for the 2017 National Speech and Debate Tournament, which will be held June 18-23 in Birmingham, Alabama. The three earned the honor at the March 17-18 qualifying tournament hosted by the South Oregon district of the National Speech and Debate Association/National Forensic League (NSDA/NFL).
Seniors Beau Taylor-Ladd and Conrad Sproul qualified by winning the South Oregon district championship in Policy Debate, a two-person team event. Freshman Daisy Hagen qualified in Extemporaneous Speaking, an individual event.
While Sproul and Taylor-Ladd also qualified in Extemporaneous Speaking, debaters can only participate in one main event at Nationals and they chose Policy Debate. Sproul had also earned a third qualification -- in Congressional Debate -- at a separate South Oregon district competition in Grants Pass, OR, on March 4.
This will be the third consecutive national tournament for both Sproul and Taylor-Ladd. Hagen will make her first trip to the national championships.
Despite being the smallest school represented at the South Oregon district tournament, Oak Hill earned the 2nd place overall sweepstakes (team) award. Oak Hill had two other Policy Debate teams and a Lincoln-Douglas debater reach elimination rounds, as well as advancing six competitors to at least semifinals in Extemporaneous Speaking.
The NSDA/NFL national championship tournament has been held since 1931. More than 3,300 high school students compete in multiple events to earn the most prestigious title in high school speech and debate: NSDA/NFL National Champion. Additional information on the national championship tournament can be found at: http://www.speechanddebate.org/nationals.