HHS students earn first bid to national speech, drama and debate tournaments


This month, the Harlingen High School Speech, Drama and Debate team competed at Churchill Invitational Tournament in San Antonio for a chance to compete at the national level.

Students competed in this tournament for a chance to earn one of the two bids that are needed to qualify for the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions and the National Extemporaneous Tournament of Champions. The Churchill Tournament qualified as a Tournament of Champions competition since the size of the meet was larger than usual.

Based on their outstanding performances, students Aly Hopson and Illiana Silva both earned one of the two necessary bids in Dramatic Interpretation. Also earning a bid in Dramatic Interpretation and Humorous Interpretation was Emily Ornelas.

In Domestic Extemporaneous, Clara Duffy and Amethyst Marroquin earned their bid to the national tournaments with Marroquin earning an additional one in Original Oratory.

Students still have another opportunity to compete for their second bid at the next another Tournament of Champions on February 7th and 8th in Houston, Tx.

If students only earn one bid, they still have a chance to be considered for entrance into the National Tournament by submitting an application as well as a competition record.

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