Eastlake debate team sends 9 members to state
February 20, 2013
By Lillian O'Rorke
The Eastlake Speech and Debate club is wrapping up a successful season by sending nine of its members to the state tournament.
Jackson DeStefano, Colton Hemphill, Ryan Holmdahl, Andrew Lam, Greg Lauer, Ryan Lundberg, Nick Randolph, Katie Vasquez and Wendie Yeung have all qualified for the Washington State Forensics Association Tournament. The state’s top high school speakers and debaters will gather at the University of Puget Sound for the competition, which spans two weekends, March 16-17 and March 23-24.
Eastlake tripled its debate team membership this year to 50. During the regular season, the team competed in seven tournaments where it earned 27 awards. Two of those awards came from an October tournament in Gig Harbor where, despite the fact that the teams were told the wrong topic to prepare for, two of groups still emerged victoriously.
“The team has seen a phenomenal amount of improvement this year that I am really happy to be a part of,” Lauer, the club president, wrote in an email. “The Eastlake Speech and Debate Team is on the rise and will be very dominant for the years to come. It is my goal that our club becomes so big in the future that Eastlake will consider making it into a class.”
For more information on the club visit www.ehsdebate.org.