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Fisher and Miller Set the Pace at State Speaking Competitions

By Iris Campbell

Two San Marcos High School students recently competed at the Texas Forensic Association’s state competition held in Coppell, Texas: Milam Miller and David Fisher. According to SMHS Speech & Debate Coach Lacye Odam, both students performed exceptionally well against some of the best extemporaneous speakers in the state.

“Milam did not advance to finals, but he landed among the top 50 domestic extemporaneous speakers in the state,” Odam said. “David advanced to quarter-finals and is among the top 20 foreign extemporaneous speakers in the state.”

Both men are preparing for the upcoming UIL academic finals and for the National Forensic League competitions.

On March 8, 2008, the UIL Academic Team had continued success. The following students placed:

Accounting (coached by Cathy Linebarger)
Victor Zavala- 5th
Sylvia Harwell- 7th

Computer Apps (coached by Cathy Linebarger)
Caleb Stone- 6th
Sylvia Harwell- 9th

Literary Criticism (coached by Peggy Schiflett)
Jacqleen Talkington- 6th

Prose Interpretation
Julie Munoz- 1st

Lincoln Douglas Debate
Irene Morse- 1st