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Lakeridge senior earns second at Poetry Out Loud; speech and debate team goes to nationals

Lakeridge senior places second at Poetry Out Loud contest

Nicole Coronado, a senior at Lakeridge High School, won second place in the state at the Poetry Out Loud competiton on March 9 in Salem.

Poetry Out Loud is a national contest for high school students, organized in Oregon by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Participants memorize and present poems, practicing public performance skills while exploring the complexity of poetry.

Coronado was runner-up to Belise Nishimwe, a sophomore at St. Mary's Academy in Portland, who was born and lived in a refugee camp in Tanzania until the age of five, when she and her family moved to America through Catholic Charities.

Coronado plans to study speech pathology for her undergrad at the University of Oregon. She loves reading and writing and is also a varsity cheerleader at Lakeridge.

The poems Coronado presented were "The Albatross" by Kate Bass; "What It Looks Like To Us and the Words We Use" by Ada Limón; and "In the Desert" by Stephen Crane.

For more information on Poetry Out Loud, visit www.oregonartscommission.org/services/poetry-out-loud.

Lakeridge speech and debate team to compete nationally

A team of speech and debate students from Lakeridge High School will compete in the National Parliamentary Debate League 2019 Tournament of Champions. Ava Augst, Clair Fennell, Peyton Holstein and PJ Steinberg will travel to California for the nationwide tournament April 5 and 6 at the New Roads School in Santa Monica. When Katie Wilson and Beau Woodward have been coaching the team since 2012, the team hadn't been thriving.

"Speech and Debate Programs tend to ebb and flow," said Wilson. "When we started in 2012, there were six students, and we now have 30."

This is the first time that Lakeridge will be represented at the Tournament of Champions.

"The program has been growing a lot in the last seven years, and we're really excited for our program to have hit this milestone," Wilson said.

The National Parliamentary Debate League provides resources to help parliamentary debate expand across the United States, runs the NPDL Tournament of Champions each spring, and holds biannual league meetings. For more information, visit /www.parliamentarydebate.org.


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