HHS Speech, Drama and Debate students make campus history


Students at Harlingen High School have recently made campus history for exceling in Speech, Drama and Debate.

Illiana Silva, junior, is the first student in the school’s history to qualify for the Texas Forensic Association’s state tournament in the event of Dramatic Interpretation.

Making history alongside Silva, students Nikkie Fluriet, Carrie Boswell, Seton Uhlhorn, Clara Duffy, Whitney Allen, Brooke Teinert, Juan Alvarez, Chandler Stanteen, Corey Ray, and Keaton Olmick will be competing at Columbia University for the first time.

Getting to this level of competition is a result of the students’ hard work throughout the past year as they have been making their mark as Speech, Drama and Debate tournaments across Texas.

Recently, the team recently competed in the Texas Forensics Association (TFA) Tournament at King High School.

Several students advanced to the final stage and returned home with medals and awards.

Individually, Nikki Fleuriet and Chandler Stanteen placed as finalist in Super Congressional Debate. Illiana Silva took fourth place in Dramatic Interpretation. Joseph Echavvaria long with Silvia took sixth place in Duet Acting. In addition, Silva and Emily Ornelas came in sixth place in Duo Interpretation.

Qualifying as Octo finalist in Lincoln Douglas Debate were Cory Ray and Myles Rosenbaum. Coming in fourth place in Humorous Interpretation was Aly Hopson. Amethyst Marroquin also placed sixth in Original Oratory.

Breaking records and reaching new aspirations the Harlingen High School Speech, Drama, and Debate Team and instructors hope to continue reaching new heights.

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