Friendswood High School Speech and Debate Teams competed and fared well at one of the largest tournaments they attend. The tournament, held Oct. 14-15, was at Bellaire High School where 58 schools competed.
Five of the schools had travelled from out of state to attend the large, prestigious tournament that has been held consistently for 61 years.
FHS finished sixth in Overall Sweepstakes with only 18 students on their team competing.
To be considered a Sweepstakes winner, points are added up at the end of the tournament for each team. Every student on the team earns points if they win their specific events.
“We only had 18 students at this meet. Some schools have teams much larger than ours. Since every student can earn points it was a big deal for our little team to do so well,” FHS Coach Cheryl Ryne said.
The following students placed at the tournament:
Jonathan Monday placed first in Novice Oration, first place in Novice Extemp and fifth place in Novice Poetry.
Nicholas Jeffcoat placed second in senior Prose and fifth place in Senior Impromptu.
Rachel Sims placed second in International Extemp and second place in Informative Speaking.
Carter Adams placed fifth in Championship LD Debate.
James Barr placed fifth in International Extemp.
Kennedy Bateman was awarded ninth place in Championship LD Debate.
Donald Vance placed fifth in Novice Extemp.
Miles Mabry was awarded fifth place in Novice Impromptu.
“About half of our team are novices or first year competitors so I am very proud of our advanced kids for doing so well and the new kids for progressing so quickly,” Ryne said.
The group has competed at four tournaments so far this fall.
At Clear Falls High School tournament in September, the FHS group won first place Grand Sweepstakes. State championships are in March and National qualification tournament is in February.
Story by Karolyn Gephart