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Mount Si Debate Teams Qualify for State & Nationals

Two teams from Mount Si High School qualified to compete at the State High School Speech and Debate competition over the weekend, March 17-18, at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Congratulations to the four students who represented the Snoqualmie Valley among the top debate students in the state (listed alphabetically):
  • Katie Navidi (senior)
  • Sophia Ojeda (sophomore)
  • Reagan Thompson (sophomore)
  • Lauren Zinkan (senior and Debate Club president)
Four Mount Si students qualified for State Debate competition.  
 Pictured left to right: Mount Si High School students Sophia Ojeda (sophomore),
Katie Navidi (senior), Reagan Thompson (sophomore) and Lauren Zinkan (senior,
who is also attending UPS in the fall!) competed in the Public Forum category
at the State Debate competition.
At state, the team of Sophia Ojeda and Katie Navidi finished as quarterfinalist in the competition.

Through the course of the season, the Mount Si team with Lauren Zinkan and Reagan Thompson also qualified for the prestigious Silver Level Tournament of Champions (TOC) at the University of Kentucky that will take place at the end of April. They qualified based on their continued commitment to the Debate Team — both having reached the requirements for Academic All American (receiving 750 National Speech and Debate Association points, earned from competing in tournaments). Best of luck Wildcats!

22 Debate Team members at Nebraska Competition
Twenty-two Mount Si Debate team members compete at a Omaha, Nebraska competition.

Last month over Mid-winter Break, 22 Mount Si students travelled to Omaha, Nebraska for “The Milo Cup” Speech and Debate tournament, which provided opportunities to earn TOC bids to qualify for Nationals. Pictured above, the team poses at Millard North High School, with Mount Si Debate Coach Chelsea King in the center.

“In Nebraska, we had three teams break to double octafinals and two teams break to octafinals. Mount Si’s first policy team also competed, and although they did not get into elimination rounds, they earned 5th and 6th place speaker awards for the policy category—which is an excellent start!” explained Debate Coach Chelsea King. “It’s been a very rewarding year for debate, with a great group of students.”