HHSS Speech, Drama and Debate earn top honors at two tournaments


The Harlingen High School South Speech, Drama, and Debate team competed in the Richard King High School TFA Qualifying Tournament this past weekend.

Brining home first place overall sweepstakes and contributing to the win the HHSS Speech, Drama, and Debate team had exemplary results.

Jessica Durant (9) placed sixth in Duo Interpretation and eight in Original Oratory. Placing sixth in Novice poetry was Maddie Garza (9) and Abby DeLeon (9) received sixth in Impromptu Speaking and advanced to quarterfinals in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Mathew Canon (10) received first in Dramatic Interpretation, second in Humorous Interpretation, second in Duo Interpretation with partner Sawyer Warrenberg, and placed fourth in Duet Acting with Warrenberg. Sawyer Warrenberg (10) also placed second in Prose Interpretation. Miriam Perez (10) and Kurt Hoelcher (11) placed second in Public Forum Debate, Perez also placed seventh in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking. Rebecca Pockrus (11) placed second in Dramatic Interpretation and placed fourth in Humorous Interpretation. Chris Esparza (12) placed third in Dramatic, fourth in Original Oratory, fifth in Prose, and sixth in Humorous Interpretation. Sarah Cano (12) received third place in Original Oratory, fourth in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, and fourth place in Poetry. Receiving seventh in Dramatic Interpretation and eight place in Original Oratory was Leslie Garcia (12). Placing fifth in Poetry was Jeremy Marques (12). Jann Soto (12) placed first in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, first in Public Forum Debate, first in Student Congress, second in Original Oratory, and fifth place in Impromptu Speaking.

Not far from this past weekend, The Harlingen High School South Speech, Drama and Debate team also competed at Churchill Invitational Tournament in San Antonio.

Placing second overall, Harlingen High School South had several finalist and champions.

Senior Jann Soto was named Churchill Champion Student Congress and placed third in foreign extemporaneous speaking.

HHSS Speech, Drama and Debate Coach Leah Ince was also awarded the Kandi King Excellence in Coaching. Soto nominated her for the award.

Churchill Champions Chris Esparza (12) and Paige Robles (12) earned their title in Duet Acting. Esparza and Robles also received second place in Duo Interpretation. Placing third in Duo Interpretation were Sawyer Warrenburg (10) and Mathew Canon (10). Warrenburg also placed sixth in Dramatic Interpretation. Sarah Cano (12) placed sixth in Prose Interpretation, along with Matthew Almaguer who received third place in Poetry Interpretation.

With currently 22 TFA State Qualifications, the team has certainly showed their skills, talents, and abilities to soar high and above.

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