Varsity Speech · Thorp Takes 1st at Cleveland Debate Tournament


Hood River Valley High School senior CJ Thorp won 1st Place in Congressional Debate at the Cleveland High School Holiday Edgy Debate tournament held December 6th and 7th in Portland. Eight other debaters competed, including senior Zach Marble who competed in Public Forum debate and Open SPAR debate.   

The team also sent nineteen competitors to the Clackamas High School Holiday Edge Tournament on December 7th. Competing against 38 teams from two states, four students made it to the final round of competition in their events: Audrey Schlemmer in Dramatic Interpretation, Jazmin Contreras in Open Program Oral Interpretation(POI), Anais Larios-Maldonado in Novice Prose, and Sadie Smith in Novice Informative. Lelu Branch was the top Novice speaker in Open POI and Arden Reid qualified for the semi-final round in Novice Impromptu.