We believe in developing the future generation of our community's leaders through providing speech and debate opportunities for EVERY student, which is why all of our resources, tournaments, and workshops are FREE.
We host speech and debate tournaments that are open to middle school students from around Oregon @ LOJ
We do not provide transportation or overnight options, but financial support can be arranged if needed.
We provide workshops for all students, and especially for those whose schools don't have debate programs so they get the opportunity to explore speech and debate.
We help middle schools start up speech and debate clubs. If you have any questions about this, feel free to email us!
Lauren Zhang is a senior at Lake Oswego Senior High School. She’s been doing Speech and Debate since 8th grade, when she walked into the club, determined to learn how to argue like a lawyer, and walked out in love with the activity itself. Now, she hopes that middle schoolers will find the same belonging and community in competitive Speech and Debate that she has. Outside of Speech and Debate, she is a violinist and origami enthusiast.
Nora Wu is a senior at Lincoln High School. She participated in debate tournaments throughout middle school. At Lincoln, she participated in speech and debate for two years. She was also a member of her school’s Constitution team. Nora is passionate about using her past experiences to connect with upper elementary and middle school students on speech and debate.
Rachel Warner is a senior at Oregon City High School and has been involved in Speech and Debate since 9th grade. Outside of Speech and Debate, she enjoys leading in Oregon Student Voice and her school’s chapter of Science National Honor Society and working on science projects. She’s looking forward to connecting with students across Oregon who are passionate about Speech and Debate!
Renee Liu is currently a junior at Lake Oswego High. When she is not busy catching up on schoolwork, she enjoys playing tennis, swimming, reading, watching funny videos on her phone, and playing mobile games. She loves participating in Speech and Debate, Robotics, and her school’s Green Team, among other activities. This will be her third year in high school speech and debate, and she has tried most all categories of events by now. Her favorites though are Extemporaneous Speaking, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Impromptu Speaking, and Congressional Debate. She’s always looking for new opportunities and connections, so feel free to reach out!
Stella Wang is a junior at Jesuit High School and has been involved with OMSSDL as a tournament officer since 2017. Outside of speech and debate, she is passionate about Chinese culture, making art, reading, and playing music. She also devotes time to connecting young students to resources to help them grow in STEM and arts.
Mrs. Cochran is a humanities teacher and speech and debate coach at Lake Oswego Junior High School. She has been actively involved with OMSSDL since its inception, and is an integral part in organizing the numerous state-wide tournaments.
Mr. Hamilton is a lawyer at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He has been a great contributor to OMSSDL, assisting in the planning of workshops as well as providing numerous donations through the years.
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