South SDD team takes sweepstakes at Victoria East Tournament


The Harlingen High School South Speech, Drama, and Debate team competed at the Victoria East High School TFA state-qualifying tournament this past weekend in Victoria. The team earned first-place amongst 13 participating schools and won sweepstakes by more than 350 points.

Students contributing to the team’s success are as follows:

Humorous Interpretation:

Lauren Ponce 1st place

Christian Ingram 2nd place

Jessica Durant 4th place

Savannah Smith 5th place

John Duncan 6th place

Dramatic Interpretation:

Jessica Durant 2nd place

Jaime Gomez 4th place


Jessica Durant 2nd place

Isabella Connell 5th place

Duo Interpretation:

John Duncan and Jessica Durant 1st place

Nate Carney and Isabella Connell 2nd place

Christian Ingram and James Gracia 4th place

Mark Colmenares and Lauren Ponce 5th place

Jojo Decilios and Carmela Benavides 6th place

Foreign Extemp:

Miguel Dominguez 1st place

Original Oratory: 

Jaime Gomez 2nd place

Stevie Rosingol 5th place

Savannah Smith 6th place


Lucero Sauceda 1st place

Jessica Durant 2nd place

John Duncan 3rd place

Joseph Decilios 4th place

Jaime Gomez 6th place

Duet acting:

Jessica Durant and Christian Ingram 1st place

Lauren Ponce and JoJo Decilios 2nd place

Jaime Gomez and James Gracia 3rd place

Isabella Connell and Nate Carney 4th place

Mark Colmenares and Carmela Benivides 5th place

Program Oral Interpretation:

Jaime Gomez 1st place

Jessica Durant 3rd place

James Gracia 4th place

Savannah Smith 5th place

Jojo Decilios 7th place

Duet improv: 

Jojo Decilos and Mark Colmenares 2nd place

John Duncan and Jaime Gomez 4th place

James Gracia and Jessica Durant 5th place


Nate Carney 1st place

Savannah Smith 2nd place

Jaime Gomez 3rd place

John Duncan 4th place

James Gracia 5th place

Novice prose:

Jojo Decilios 3rd place

Lauren Ponce 4th place

Stevie Rosingol 5th place

Informative speaking:

Jojo Decilios 1st place

Lucero Sauceda 5th place


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