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Harlingen High School South

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Harlingen High School

Harlingen High School South and Harlingen High School speech teams competed at the University of Texas Longhorn Classic Speech and Debate tournament in Austin, Texas held Dec. 1-2. Overall, Harlingen High School South took 5th place sweepstakes out of 117 schools. This national tournament was not only a TFA State qualifying tournament but also a National Individual Events and Extemporaneous Tournament of Champions qualifier.

Highlights of the tournament are as follows:

Dramatic Interpretation
5th place, James Gracia (12) HHSS
7th place, John Duncan (11) HHSS
Semifinalist, Mark Colmenares (11) HHSS
Semifinalist, Natalie Perez (10) HHSS
Semifinalist, Sarah Larios(12) HHS
Semifinalist, Samantha Lopez(12) HHS

Duo Interpretation
3rd place, Isabella Connell (11) and Lauren Ponce (10) HHSS
4th place, James Gracia (12) and Natalie Perez (10) HHSS
Semifinalists, Juliann Peña (12) and Anell McDaniel (11) HHSS
Semifinalists, Hailey Alejandro (9) and Alexa Strubhart (9) Cano/South

Humorous Interpretation
Semifinalist, Savannah Smith (12) HHSS
Semifinalist, Joseph Decilos (10) HHSS

Oral Interpretation
Semifinalist, James Gracia (12) HHSS
Semifinalist, Savannah Smith (12) HHSS
Semifinalist, John Duncan (11) HHSS
Semifinalist, Joseph Decilos (10) HHSS
Semifinalist, Samantha Lopez(12) HHS

Program Oral Interpretation
Semifinalist, James Gracia (12)HHSS

United States Extemporaneous Speaking
Semifinalist Chris Smith (12)HHSS
Congressional Debate
Semifinalist Grant Burbach(12) HHS

Receiving a bid to the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions to be held in Denver, Colorado, are:
James Gracia, Dramatic Interpretation and Duo Interpretation HHSS
Savannah Smith, Humorous Interpretation HHSS
Juliann Peña, Duo Interpretation HHSS
Isabella Connell, Duo Interpretation HHSS
Mark Colmenares, Dramatic Interpretation HHSS
Anell McDaniel, Duo Interpretation HHSS
Lauren Ponce, Duo Interpretation HHSS
Natalie Perez, Dramatic Interpretation and Duo Interpretation HHSS
Joseph Decilos, Humorous Interpretation HHSS
Hailey Alejandro, Duo Interpretation Cano/South
Alexa Strubhart, Duo Interpretation Cano/South
Samantha Lopez, Dramatic Interpretation and Oral Interpretation HHS
Sarah Larios, Dramatic Interpretation HHS

Receiving a bid to the Northwestern University Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions is:
Chris Smith, United States Extemporaneous Speaking

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