In each category, there are four awards: first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention.
In the eighth-grade categories, the first place winners also receive a scholarship to the Catholic high school of their choice within the Archdiocese of Portland.
In 1968, Pat Boyle was an eighth-grader who took part in the speech tournament reciting an excerpt from “The Velveteen Rabbit.” Boyle graduated from St. Mary of the Valley High School (now Valley Catholic) in 1973. Today, she is a respected broadcaster at KXL Radio in Portland.
Serving as emcee of the 2017 awards ceremony, Pat Boyle addressed the more than 400 students who took part in the tournament that year. “We live in a text message society with our faces looking down to our smartphones or computer screens,” she said. “That’s why this competition is so important for you and your development as a human being.”
Boyle added, “Congratulations to all of you for taking the risk and putting it out there today.” She added, “It’s not always easy, but you will reap the rewards long after today.”
Pat Boyle is scheduled to return as emcee for our 2018 awards ceremony.
Honoring 50 Years of Excellence: Photos and video
- YouTube: The awards ceremony for the 2017 tournament began with a video celebrating the history of the tournament and honoring the two Sisters who founded it: Sr. Rose Dolores Costello and Sr. Mary Fidelis Kreutzer of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.
- YouTube: We are proud to share video highlights of the tournament as it celebrated 50 years of excellence.
- Flickr: We are pleased to share a photo album of the 2017 tournament.