HS Speech, Drama, and Debate students excel at TFA State Qualifying Tournament

Harlingen High School South Speech, Drama, and Debate
Harlingen High School Speech, Drama, and Debate Team

Harlingen High School South and Harlingen High School Speech Drama Debate Teams excelled at the PSJA Southwest TFA State Qualifying Tournament this past Saturday. Harlingen South and HHS took 1st and 3rd place Sweepstakes wins respectively. Both teams competed against 31 other schools from throughout the state of Texas.

Qualifying for the TFA State Tournament this past weekend were South’s Jessica Durant and James Gracia in Duo Interpretation, James Gracia and John Duncan in Duet Acting, Angela Gonzales in Original Oratory, Christian Ingram in Humorous Interpretation, and Chris Smith in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking. Brandon Salas will be representing HHS at the State tournament in Original Oratory.

Grant Burbach from HHS will represent HCISD and his region at the 2016 Super Conference at the University of Texas at Austin on October 22. Burbach was chosen to be a Student Presenter by the UIL State Director on account of his achievements as a member of the Speech, Drama, and Debate team.

Contributing to the teams’ success were:

Lincoln-Douglas Debate
1st place Irene Tyler (Top Speaker Award), HHS
Quarter-Finalist Lizzy Everett, HHSS

Humorous Interpretation
2nd place Christian Ingram, HHSS
4th place James Gracia (Overall Top Speaker in Individual Events), HHSS
6th place Angela Gonzales, HHSS
8th place Lauren Ponce, Cano

Poetry Interpretation
3rd place Isabella Connell, HHSS
4th place James Gracia, HHSS
7th place Jessica Durant, HHSS

Duo Interpretation
1st place Jessica Durant and James Gracia, HHSS
2nd place John Duncan and Valerie Luevanos, HHSS
4th place Jaime Gomez and Angela Gonzales, HHSS

Foreign Extemporaneous
1st Place Mark Peinado, HHS
6th place Miguel Dominguez, HHSS
7th place Lizzy Everett, HHSS

Domestic Extemporaneous
1st Place Grant Burbach, HHS
2nd place Chris Smith, HHSS
4th place Lucero Sauceda, HHSS
6th place Eric Atkinson, HHS
8th place Maximiliano Cervantes, HHS

Original Oratory
1st place Angela Gonzales, HHSS
2nd place Brandon Salas, HHS
5th place John Duncan, HHSS
6th place Chris Smith, HHSS
8th place Lizzy Everett, HHSS

Impromptu Speaking
2nd place John Duncan, HHSS
4th place Chris Smith, HHSS
8th place Lucero Sauceda, HHSS

Duet Improvisation
1st place James Gracia and John Duncan, HHSS
7th place Nate Carney and Jaime Gomez, HHSS

Novice Extemporaneous
3rd place Alejandro Muniz, HHS

Dramatic Interpretation
1st place Mark Colmenares, HHSS
3rd place John Duncan, HHSS
4th place Lauren Ponce, Cano

Prose Interpretation
1st place James Gracia, HHSS

Duet Acting
1st place John Duncan and James Gracia, HHSS
4th place Jessica Durant and Valerie Luevanos, HHSS

Super Congress
2nd place Chris Smith, HHSS
6th place Lucero Sauceda, HHSS

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