HHSS Speech, Drama and Debate Team soars above competition


The Harlingen High School South Speech, Drama and Debate Team took home the prestigious awards at not one but two tournaments on Dec. 1.

At the UT Longhorn Classic, the Varsity team was awarded second place overall with only eight students competing. Individually, Angel Yanez was awarded first in Dramatic Interpretation and Prose, and qualified for the finals in Humorous Interpretation.

Kelly McLean placed fourth in Humorous Interpretation. Paige Robles and Matthew Almaguer placed third in Duo Interpretation.

Duo Teams receiving a second qualifying bid for the Tournament of Champions (TOC) were Josh Figueroa and Devon Fierro, Paige Robles and Matthew Almaguer, Angel Yanez and Erik Rodriguez. In debate, Jann Soto received a second TOC bid.

More than 100 schools were present at the competition.

The remaining team members competed at Harlingen High School and were awarded first place sweepstakes.


Award Highlights from the HHS Tournament:

2nd in Dramatic Interpretation: Rebecca Pockrus

2nd in Oratory: Chris Esparza

1st in Humorous Interpretation: Lesly Garcia

1st in CX Debate: Luana Chaires.

1st Foreign Extemporaneous and Oratory: Dante Colmanares

2nd in Duo Interpretation: Shania Hurtado and Amanda Delrio

3rd in Duo Interpretation: Sawyer Wareenburg and Mathew Cannon

1st and 2nd Novice Extemporaneous: Gabriel Hernandez and Alex Ochoa

3rd Poetry: Jessica Blaeksky

1st Lincoln Douglas: Chris Esparza

2nd in Lincoln Douglas: Collin Flemmons

3rd in CX Debate: June Martinez and Appduloh Huryn

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