Byline: The Register-Guard
Students to attend DECA conference
The following students from Springfield High School will be attending the Oregon DECA State Career Development Conference in Portland at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion on Feb. 21-24.
Susannah Turley, Kate King, Sarai Batista, Tess Champ, Trever Watson, Vanessa Garcia, Tanner Weaver, Kailee Smeltzer, Rebecca Wright, Catt Oswalt, Kate Bakken, Ben King and Corey Sharr are signed up.
DECA is an international student marketing association that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. It also promotes understanding and appreciation of the free enterprise system as well as the responsibilities of citizenship.
About 125 business professionals evaluate the estimated 850 members competing. The award winners at this conference will advance to the DECA International Career Development Conference this spring in Nashville, Tenn.
For more information about Springfield High School DECA and how you can help, contact Susan Stambaugh at 541-744-4700.
Oak Hill High School debate team wins big
For the second consecutive year, the Oak Hill School debate team placed high at Grants Pass High School's annual Logan Will Ultimate Challenge Speech and Debate tournament.
Oak Hill senior Laurel Eddins captured the Ultimate Challenge award by winning in parliamentary debate and expository speaking, with Conrad Sproul as her partner.
Eddins also finished second in oral interpretation, radio commentary and impromptu speaking and made the finals in dramatic interpretation. She reached the semifinal round in poetry reading.
Eddins' combined performance in those seven events earned her the individual Logan Will Championship, which honors the memory of a national-caliber Willamette University debater who died in a traffic accident in 2006.
Oak Hill junior Sproul, winner of last year's Logan Will Ultimate Challenge, received second place overall this year by winning parliamentary debate, duo interpretation and radio commentary. Sproul also finished second in original oratory and reached the finals in impromptu speaking.
Oak Hill High has 52 students, and the debate team has existed since 2013. In addition to its successes at Logan Will, this year's Oak Hill debaters have won multiple tournaments in policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, parliamentary debate, congressional debate, extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking.
Oak Hill students have qualified for the 2016 state championships.
Emma Rosander and junior Beau Taylor-Ladd are qualified in policy debate. Eddins has qualified in Lincoln-Douglas debate, extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking, and she has an invitation to the 2016 Tournament of Champions, a national high school tournament held each spring at the University of Kentucky.
Last year, Oak Hill finished second in the state of Oregon among 4A/3A/2A/1A schools. And the previous two years, four students went to the National Speech and Debate Association's National Championships.