Six Wa-Hi debaters qualified for the state Speech and Debate tournament while at a qualifying competition on Feb. 10 and 11.
Seniors Wafa Abedin and Amelia Mott qualified jointly with a second-place finish in Duo Interpretation; Abedin also qualified in Lincoln-Douglas debate, finishing first, and Mott qualified in Lincoln-Douglas (second-place finish) and Interpretive Reading (third place).
Additionally, senior Courtney Brown placed seventh in Congressional debate and qualified. Junior Seamus Duffy placed fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking to qualify and junior Emma Case also qualified in Extemporaneous Speaking. Sophomore Josh Rose placed second in Congressional debate, third in Extemporaneous Speaking and fifth in Impromptu Speaking, qualifying in all three.
The Speech component of the state tournament will be held in Tacoma at the University of Puget Sound on March 11, and the debate component will happen on March 17-18 at the same location.