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Diana Vazquez Duque Invitational takes place March 3 to honor alumna who 'greatly affected' direction and spirit of team

Oregon City High School's debate tournament was renamed in honor of alumna Diana Vazquez Duque.

PHOTO COURTESY: LINFIELD COLLEGE - Diana Vazquez Duque says participation in Oregon City High School's debate team allowed her the opportunity to travel, meet fantastic people and develop skills.A former OCHS Forensics debate team captain, Vazquez Duque reshaped the "direction and spirit" of OCHS's debate team, according to teacher David Barringer. She suggested OCHS use funds from its annual debate tournament to eliminate or reduce as many barriers to participation as possible, including entry fees and access to food and uniforms.

"In honor of Diana, we have also committed to donating 10 percent of our total profit to other clubs or resources that help students at risk," Barringer wrote in the invitation to OCHS's fourth-annual debate tournament March 3.

The debate tournament is now called the Diana Vazquez Duque Invitational at Oregon City High School.

"My participation in Forensics was the most formative experience of my entire high school career," Vazquez Duque said. "As a student with limited resources, Forensics allowed me the opportunity to travel, meet fantastic people, and develop skills that I could utilize in my personal and professional life. I would not exchange my time spent on the team for anything in the world, and having this tournament, which I both competed and volunteered at, named after me is the highest honor that I could have ever hoped for."

Vazquez Duque is currently a junior at Linfield College, where she is on the debate team; she recently debated in both English and Spanish at the World Universities Debating Championship in Mexico City.

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