South SDD ends state-qualifying season with first place sweepstakes


The Harlingen High School South Speech, Drama, and Debate team ended their state-qualifying tournament season with another first place sweepstakes win at the Tuloso-Midway Tournament this past weekend. The team ended up with 34 state qualifications. They will compete at the TFA State Meet in Plano on March 9-12.

Tuloso-Midway Tournament Results are listed below:

Humorous interpretation:

Jaime Gomez 1st place

Mark Colmenares  2nd place

Lauren Ponce 3rd place

Christian Ingram 4th place

John Duncan 5th place

James Gracia 6th place

Dramatic Interpretation;

James Gracia 2nd place

Valerie Luevanos 3rd place

Lauren Ponce 4th place

Savannah Smith 5th place

Christian Ingram 7th place

Isabella Connell 8th place

Duo Interpretation :

John Duncan and Jessica Durant: 1st place

Nate Carney and Isabella Connell 3rd place

Mark Colmenares and Natalie Perez

Duet Acting

Jaime Gomez and James Gracia 2nd place

Jessica Durant and Christian Ingram 4th place

Joseph Decilios and Lauren Ponce 5th place

Valerie Luevanos and John Duncan 8th place


Jessica Durant 1st place

Isabella Connell 2nd place

Savannah Smith 6th place

Novice Poetry;

Natalie Perez 1st place

Joseph Decilios 8th place


Jaime Gomez 1st place

John Duncan 2nd place

James Gracia 3rd place

Jessica Durant 6th place

Savannah Smith 8th place

Novice prose:

Lauren Ponce 1st place

Jojo Decilios 4th place

Natalie Perez 5th place


Chris Smith 1st place

Hondo Garcia 2nd place

Angela Gonzalez 3rd place

Jojo Decilios 4th place

Lucero Sauceda 5th place

Congress Debate:

Lucero Sauceda 2nd place

Chris Smith 5th place

Program Oral Interp:

Jessica Durant 2nd place

Jaime Gomez 3rd place

Valerie Luevanos 5th place

Lauren Ponce 6th place

Joseph Decilios 7th place

James Gracia 8th place

Lincoln Douglas debate:

Chris Smith 2nd place

Original Oratory:

Angela Gonzalez 1st place

Savannah Smith 5th place

Hondo Garcia 6th place


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