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December 9th, 2008
Debate team continues record year, adds one more for state

The San Marcos High School Speech and Debate Team continued on its most successful season ever this past weekend, picking up 12 trophies and securing yet another slot in the State Championships. Henry Finch, SMHS junior, qualified for the State Championships in March by scoring a Second Place in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking. He joins fellow juniors Irene Morse and Kelley Mathis who have already qualified for State in Foreign Extemporaneous and Student Congress, respectively. This marks the first time in school history that the SMHS Debate Team has qualified three students for State, and there are still several more students on the brink of earning invitations.

Brooke Morgan (a junior) made a push toward a State berth with a First Place win in Dramatic Interpretation. This leaves her just two points short of the required ten points. Morgan dominated throughout the tournament, taking Third Place in Poetry, Second Place in Prose, and being named Best Overall in the Reading category.

Other students also made strides toward State with standout performances. Morse looked to qualify in a second event, making it to quarterfinals in Lincoln Douglas Debate and bringing her LD point total to eight. Ben Painton (junior) won Third Place in Humorous Interpretation, bringing his total points to five. Mathis also added a second potential event for State by placing Sixth in Original Oratory and picking up one point. Senior, Marcos Manrique placed Eighth in Student Congress and picked up one point as well.

Senior Nijah Adams also got in on the trophy collecting with a Third Place finish in Prose and a Fourth Place win in Duet Improvisation with her partner, Painton.

The SMHS Debate Team will continue to improve upon this incredible season, closing out the semester with a tournament at Westlake High School on December 12 and 13. The march to State will continue after Christmas break with tournaments across Central and South Texas.

by Iris Campbell
San Marcos CISD

(Photo courtesy of San Marcos CISD)

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