Lindale High School’s Speech and Debate team traveled west during the weekend of Sept. 8-10 and came home with several more awards for the trophy case, officials reported.
One group of participants were at the Grapevine Classic while the second, younger group traveled to Princeton High School for the Princeton/North Lamar event with several freshmen coming home with their first-ever wins.
The Grapevine event annually attracts more than 100 teams from across the nation, including schools from California, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Oregon, Washington, Arkansas and New Mexico.
Rory McKenzie, director of forensics and UIL coordinator for Lindale High School, said he and his group are elated with the way things have begun for 2017.
“We are so proud of our great start to the year,’’ McKenzie said. “Several students have completed qualifications to national championship tournaments and other students are earning some valuable points towards completing their qualifications.’’
Elizabeth Tagg has qualified for the University Of Kentucky Tournament Of Champions in Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory and Program of Oral Interpretation.
She is also qualified in Dramatic Interpretation and Original Oratory for the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions scheduled for Denver. Samantha Rodden has also completed her UK TOC qualification in Program of Oral Interpretation.
Tagg has joined Ronak Desai and Anthony Wyatt in qualifying for the TFA State tournament held in May outside of San Antonio.
The Grapevine tournament is one of the largest tournaments the LHS teams will attend during the year.
Students placing included:
1st Speaker Policy Debate - Ronak Desai
2nd Original Oratory - Elizabeth Tagg
3rd Speaker Policy Debate - Anthony Wyatt
3rd Dramatic Interpretation - Elizabeth Tagg
4th Program of Oral Interpretation - Samantha Rodden
6th Program of Oral Interpretation - Elizabeth Tagg
Semifinals Humorous Interpretation - Samantha Rodden
Semifinals Poetry Interpretation - Samantha Rodden
At the Princeton/North Lamar event, students placing included:
1st Original Oratory - Haley Bass
1st Program of Oral Interpretation - Emma Cook
1st Prose Interpretation - Jeremy Guidotti
1st Poetry Interpretation - Jeremy Guidotti
2nd Prose Interpretation - Haley Bass
2nd Impromptu Speaking - Haley Bass
2nd Program of Oral Interpretation - Jeremy Guidotti
3rd Original Oratory - Emma Cook
3rd Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking - Ashlyn Ellgass
3rd Prose Interpretation - Maddie Mezzell
3rd Poetry Interpretation - Maddie Mezzell
5th Impromptu Speaking - Emma Cook
5th (Quarterfinals) Lincoln-Douglas Debate - Ashlyn Ellgass
6th Poetry Interpretation - Autumn Ellgass
7th Prose Interpretation - Nalany Hernandez
Full season results can be found on the team’s web site lindale4n6.weebly.com.