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The Harlingen High School South Speech, Drama and Debate Team traveled to Anderson High School in Austin to compete in their third Texas Forensics Association (TFA) State Qualifying tournament this year on Sept. 28.

Students placing in the competition were senior Jann Soto with sixth place in Domestic Extemporary, first place in Original Oratory, and second place in Student Congress.

Senior Paige Robles placed third in Dramatic Interpretation, fifth place in Humorous Interpretation, fourth place in Poetry, and fifth place in Duo Interpretation with partner Matthew Almaguar.

Matthew Cannon placed eighth in Dramatic Interpretation, fifth place in Prose, and fourth place in Duo Acting with partner Christopher Esparza. Esparza also placed fourth in Humorous Interpretation, and fourth place in Duo Interpretation with partner Rebecca Pockrus. Sawyer Warrenburg placed sixth in Humorous Interpretation, as well.

Also, Almaguar placed fourth in Prose. Jessie Salazar and Ramiro Valdez made it to the Semi-Finals in Novice Poetry Debate. Alondra Garcia placed third in Novice Poetry, and sixth place in Novice Prose. Jessica Durant placed second in Novice Poetry.

With such an outstanding performance, Robles qualified in Dramatic Interpretation and Humorous Interpretation. Esparza qualified in Dramatic Interpretation, and Duet Acting with Cannon as his partner.  Soto qualified in Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Congressional Debate.

HHSS has had seven students qualify for the TFA State Meet after three tournaments.

The TFA State Meet will be held at Cypress Creek High School in Houston, Texas on the first weekend of March 2014. HHSS will continue to compete at the TFA state qualifiers through the second week of February.

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