The Woodcreek Speech and Debate team, otherwise known as competitive forensics, is a competitive speaking team that represents the best public speaking ability Woodcreek High School has to offer. As a member of the National Speech and Debate Association and California High School Speech Association, we compete across California in a multitude of speaking styles and a variety of venues.
Speaker of the tournament is a highly sought after award granted to one recipient after each tournament. The entire team votes for one individual who embodies coachability, positivity, drive, and a strong work ethic. For more information on previous recipients of this award, visit the blog page.
For more information, contact the teams' coach, Mrs. Elko.
(916)-771-6565 (ext. 435)
Woodcreek's S&D team spent the last two weekends competing for spots to the state championships. Between the two qualifers we earned 35 awards. In addition, senior, Brandon Bechler, was presented with the President's Award. This accolade acknowledges our 4 year competitors who have qualified for state.
Only the top 4 finalists represents the leauge in any one event. Since some of the competitors listed qualified in more than one style of speaking, the blue font indicates the pieces chosen for championships:
Single/Double/Triple Finalists and State Qualifiers:
Jonathan Davies, 4th place, Expository speaking
Dylan Deen, 2nd place, Original Prose and Poetry
Mark Mikityuk, 2nd place, Expository speaking
Amy Sommercamp, 3rd place, Orginal Advocacy
Brandon Bechler, 2nd place Duo Interpretation + Congress qualifer
Dana Bell, 2nd place Duo Interpretation + 3rd place Expository speaking
Tate Blas, 1st place Expository speaking + 4th place Impromtu speaking
Julia Chin, 4th place Orginal Advocacy + Congress Qualifier
Haylie Hawkins, 1st place, Orignal Prose and Poetry + alternate, Parlimentary debate
Sydeny Sherk, 2nd place, Thematic Interp + alternate, Orginal Advocacy + alernate, Parlimentary debate
Tommy Hubbard, alternate, Congress
Sequoia Porter, alternate, Congress
Natalia Jovovich, alternate, Original Prose and Poetry
Rebekah Kassardjian, alternate, Humorous Interpretation
Reece Rivera, alternate, Humorous Interpretation
Original Prose and Poetry = Rebecca Bendzick, Haley Burke, Sophia Ceja, Julia Chin, Imene Smati
Humorous Interpretation = Hunter Bos, Tommy Hubbard, Immanuel Lao
Brandon Bechler, Dramatic Interp.
Robert Esty, Impromtu Speaking
Morgan Lobotzke, Orginal Oratory
Sequoia Porter, Original Advocacy
Amy Sommercamp, International Extemporaneous