The San Marcos High School Speech and Debate Team defeated 21 other area schools, including four district opponents, in dominating fashion this past weekend at the La Vernia High School Invitational Tournament.
In Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking, the team took first through sixth place in the event. First place went to senior Michael Hoover, with second place going to junior James Dix, and third place to senior Johnathan Jaster.
Sophomores Dino and Gino Occhialini took fourth and fifth place, respectively, while freshman Matthew Roark took sixth place. Junior Frankie Torres was took first place in Informative Extemporaneous Speaking.
In Lincoln-Douglas Debate, the team once again swept all the top honors, capturing the first through third place trophies. Torres took his second Championship of the tournament with a first place win, followed by Hoover in second. Gino Occhialini took third overall, with Dino Occhialini, and freshman Charlie Jalufka reaching the quarter final round in the event.
The team also saw success in the interpretation events at this tournament. Junior Carly Villarreal took home the top prize with a first place finish in Prose, while senior Jonathan Flores won second in Poetry.
The team has one more open tournament (Feb. 25 at Westwood High School) left in the season before moving into their championship season with their eyes on a third UIL State Championship. The team is coached by C.J. Odam.Email | Print