HS Speech, Drama, and Debate teams advance to national tournament


On April 30 – May 2, the Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South Speech Drama Debate teams competed in the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Gulf Coast National Qualifier in Galveston, Texas.

Three HHS and four HHSS competitors qualified for a chance to compete in the NSDA National Tournament in Dallas, TX on June 13-20.

For HHS, junior Amethyst Marroquin qualified in Congressional Senate Debate, junior Juan Alvarez qualified in World Debate, freshman Grant Burbach (Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy) qualified in Congressional House Debate, and freshman Kevin Fechnor (Cano Academy) qualified in Extemporaneous Speaking.

For HHSS, junior William Ernst qualified in Humorous Interpretation, junior Sawyer Warrenberg qualified in Dramatic Interpretation, and sophomore Abby DeLeon qualified in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. As a team junior Enrique Cantu and freshman James Gracia (Cano Academy) qualified in Duo Interpretation.

The HHSS team also took home the overall sweepstakes award and was presented with the Leading Chapter Award recognizing excellence in speech and debate from the National office from 2006-2014.

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