W.F. West Forensics Team Members Qualify for National Tournaments
Two W.F. West High School forensics team members recently qualified for two national level tournaments. The first is the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions, to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, this weekend. The second is the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament, to be held in Birmingham, Alabama, in June.
Aurora Biggers, a senior, will be performing a dramatic interpretation. She has chosen to make her 10-minute presentation from “She Said Yes,” a book written by a mother of a daughter killed in the Columbine High School shooting.
Delani Buchanan, a junior, will present a humorous interpretation, also 10 minutes.
The NIETOC tournament has about 75-100 students in each of six events. The NSDA tournament has 250 students in each of more than a dozen events, and includes students from several other countries.
Funding for the program is provided by James Lintott, 1982 W.F. West graduate and forensics member. W. F. West forensics coach is Janelle Williams, who also coached Lintott.
Siblings Graduate With Honors from WSU Vancouver
Jace and Josie Peterson, son and daughter of Jeff and Jill (Link) Peterson, Chehalis, have graduated from Washington State University, Vancouver.
Jace Peterson, 22, graduated magna cum laude fwith a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and a minor in psychology. He’s currently employed at the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Washington in Vancouver.
Jace graduated as valedictorian from his high school class of 2013 at W.F. West in Chehalis. In 2015 he graduated with honors from Centralia College with an AA degree.
Josie Peterson, 19, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education.
Josie has endorsements in English Language Learner and middle level math. She graduated in the top 25 of her high school class of 2015 from W.F. West.
A week after her high school graduation, Josie graduated with highest honors from Centralia College with an associate of arts degree.
When Jace and Josie made their decision to become WSU Cougs, they became fourth-generation Washington State University students. Their parents graduated from WSU, Pullman, in 1990.
Jace and Josie’s paternal grandparents, John and Peg Peterson, attended WSU as well as their paternal grandmother’s parents Allen and Emily Sprout. Jace and Josie graduated May 6 from WSUV.