Mount Si debate students qualify for Tournament of Champions

On Jan. 9, two Mount Si High School debate team students qualified for the Tournament of Champions, a national high school debate tournament held at the University of Kentucky in April.

  • Friday, January 29, 2016 12:48pm
  • News

Dana Korssjoen and Ruary Thompson stand with their first place awards for the Open Public Forum category. This is the fourth consecutive year a Mount Si team has qualifed for the Tournament of Champions.

On Jan. 9, two Mount Si High School debate team students qualified for the Tournament of Champions, a national high school debate tournament held at the University of Kentucky in April.

This makes 2016 the fourth consecutive year students from Mount Si have qualified for the tournament.

Participating at the 82nd annual University of Puget Sound Forensics Tournament on Jan. 9, 22 Mount Si High School students were divided up into 11 teams to take part in the open, junior, and novice categories of the public forum debate.

Mount Si’s Raury Thompson and Dana Korssjoen won the Open Public Forum category which earned them a spot at this year’s Tournament of Champions. According to Speech and Debate coach Chelsea King, Mount Si High School is still the only school in Washington to qualify for the tournament.

Overall the Mount Si debate team earned 16 awards including Thompson and Korssjoen’s first-place finish. Kiera Mix and Sophia Ojeda earned first and second speaker in the Novice Public Forum respectively, Lauren Zinkan and Kenzington Dupree were quarter-finalists in the Open Public Forum, Katie Navidi and Megan Luke made it to semi-finals in the Junior Public Forum, Reagan Thompson and Liam Renner made it to quarter-finals in the Junior Public Forum, Sophia Ojeda, Kiera Mix, Sydney Prins and Caitlin Hearn were all semi-finalists in the Novice Public Forum, and Abbas Jaffery and Chriag Vedullapalli were octo-finalists in the Novice Public Forum.


More in News

The Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, built in 2011, could receive a 22,000 square foot expansion that would add an aquatics facility. File Photo
Snoqualmie explores expanding its community center

The project could cost between $12.5 to $16 million depending on features.

Pushing the limits of public comment; Snoqualmie council questions candidate’s methods

Donaldson uses video of his speeches during open comments for videos appearing on his website.

North Bend continues development push as water situation remains unclear

A recent decision means parcel marked for development was removed from Sallal’s service area.

Document logs highlight record requests from citizens in and around Snoqualmie

Public record request logs show what Snoqualmie residents really want to know.

King County’s Prop. 1 parks levy is passing

Initial results from the Aug. 6 primary King County Council races are also in.

King County Elections released preliminary primary election results Tuesday night. Madeline Coats/staff photo
Incumbent Ross and Armstrong lead city council race

1,429 ballots were returned out of 8,078 registered voters in Snoqualmie.

McFarland leading in the primary race for North Bend mayor

Primary results show Mary Miller and Darren Glazier likely to move on in city council race.

Dariel Norris and Gene Pollard leading in Public Hospital District 4 Pos. 2 race

Primary results show race is close between the three candidates.

A consultant working with store owner in downtown Renton. In 2018, Renton hosted a several workshops called “Creating Stellar Storefronts” funded through the Economic Development Partnership program. Courtesy of the Port of Seattle
Port of Seattle grants fund economic development across the Eastside

2019 Port of Seattle funding supports economic development projects in Eastside cities.