Fifteen members of Ashland High School's speech and debate team locked off spots in the national speech and debate tournament during a national qualifier held Friday and Saturday in Eugene.
According to Coach Mat Marr, that represents the most national qualifiers in team history.
The national speech and debate tournament will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, in June, a month after the team plans to hold fundraisers to help students pay for the trip.
"This amazing success was only possible because everyone supported each other and worked hard," Marr said in a press release. "I am so proud of how our team has come together."
Representing the Grizzlies in Birmingham will be first-place winners Lilli Morrish (oratory), Karl Moeglein (foreign extemporaneous, Alex Webb (U.S. extemporaneous); and second-place winners Dylan Kistler (humorous interpretation), Rob Stallman and John Ropp (policy debate) and Gracie Dodds (Lincoln-Douglas debate). Also qualifying for nationals were Carson Barry and Hazel Richards in foreign extemporaneous, Ropp in U.S. extemporaneous, Moeglein and Hannah Doyl and Annika Larson and Sarah Aaronson in public forum debate, Kleya Dhenin in worlds schools debate, Nikolas Lindauer in senate and Shealyn Millay in big question debate.
In the race for sweepstakes, South Medford edged Ashland 29-28 in congress, Ashland tied Marshfield for first in speech and the Grizzlies claimed the debate title with 40 points.
Ashland will participate in a state qualifier today at 4 p.m. at South Medford High School.