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Season Wrap-up and Spring announcements

What a fantastic way to end our season at the OSAA State Tournament!  Thurston qualified 2 CX teams and 2 IE entries – Impromptu and Dramatic Interpretation – from our District Tournament in early April.

At the State Tournament, all our entries broke!  Our CX teams both went 3-1 in prelims and debated to the quarterfinal round.  Senior Edie Powell broke in Dramatic Interpretation as well as debate and semifinaled in her IE with her piece “A Bone Close to my Brain”, while Junior Andrew Kronser took 4th place in Impromptu speaking.  Our debate teams took 5th and 6th place, and Thurston High School tied for 10th place in 6A sweepstakes (out of 25 6A schools in attendance).  Congratulations to our competitors for a great season and a strong showing at State!


The team shows off their hard-earned medals after a great State Tournament!

Just because the competitive season’s over doesn’t mean our debaters aren’t still working hard and making preparations for the upcoming season.  The 2013-14 topic for policy debate is out.  It reads, “Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico or Venezuela”.  Our debaters are hard at work preparing for the topic, recruiting new team members, and fundraising for next season’s travels.  If you’re interested in joining the team for next year, talk to one of the current members or email us at thurstonforensics@gmail.com


Keep an eye out for upcoming team fundraisers.  We hope to attend at least one out of state tournament, but we need your support to make it happen!

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Winter Tournament Updates!

Thurston Forensics has had great successes at the big, college tournaments so far this winter!  We’re traveled to Pacific University in Forest Grove and Linfield College in McMinnville competing in both Individual Events and Cross-Ex Debate. 


Francisco Velazquez, Austin Dillon, Aaron Smart, and Edie Powell show off their hard earned trophies after the Pacific tournament.

At Pacific, senior and team president Edie Powell placed 3rd in Open Dramatic Interpretation, junior and debate captain Aaron Smart placed 6th in After Dinner Speaking, and juniors Aaron Smart and Austin Dillon went 3-1 in prelims and advanced to quarterfinals in CX.

At Linfield, the team of Austin Dillon and Aaron Smart continued their winning streak – again going 3-1 in prelims and advancing to the semifinal round.  Additionally, Aaron Smart took 2nd in After Dinner Speaking.  The two have made major strides in their debate skills since the start of the year and are looking forward to the OSAA State Tournament in April.

Thurston Forensics is extremely excited about the team’s recent successes in both debate and individual events as more students try their hand at interpretation and short prep IE’s.  Both the students and coaches are looking forward to the upcoming Robert D. Clark Invitational tournament at the University of Oregon – the last major college tournament of the winter.

Way to go, Colts Debate!

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Thurston Forensics Freshman Day!

The Thurston Forensics team was out at the high school this week to promote the club at the Thurston Freshman Day Activity Fair!  It was a great opportunity to hand out candy, show off our trophies, and recruit new team members.  If any student is interested in joining, our first practice of the season will be Tuesday the 11th in room 140 after school.  At the meeting, we’ll go over which events we offer for students to compete in, our 2012-13 travel schedule, and the code of conduct.  No prior debate and speech experience is required to join.  Stop by and check it out!

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Thurston Debaters at the Spartan Debate Institute and Oregon Debate Institute!

Four of our Thurston debaters honed their skills and tore down the competition at debate camp this summer.  Austin Dillon, Aaron Smart, and Andrew Kronser attended the Spartan Debate Institute (SDI) in Michigan for three weeks this summer, while Edie Powell attended the Oregon Debate Institute for two weeks right here in Eugene.  All of our debaters had a great time at camp while improving their skills, and their hard work paid off!  Edie Powell won the first ODI camp tournament, while her partner, Andrew Kronser, won the camp tournament at SDI.  After a few challenging and rewarding weeks at camp, the Colt debaters are looking forward to dominating the regular season competition.  Congratulations to all our debaters on their hard work and success.  Go Colts!

ImageAndrew Kronser giving the winning 2AR

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Speech and Debate

The world of High School Speech and Debate is an exciting educational opportunity and intellectual outlet for the best and brightest students.  At Thurston High School, our team features both Policy Debate and a variety of Individual Events.  Although our team’s focus is fast paced, high level policy debate, we are looking to expand our IE program to incorporate a greater diversity of events and voices.