Weber placed first, posting a tournament record of 5 wins and no losses. Gutierrez placed second, also posting a 5-0 record. This earned Weber eight TFA (Texas Forensic Association) points and Gutierrez earned six. In order to qualify for the state TFA tournament, a student must earn 10 points during the season in an event.
In addition to placing second in LD debate, Gutierrez also placed 5th in domestic extemporaneous speaking, earning him 2 TFA points. Maegan Haag competed in poetry interpretation and advanced to semifinals.
Bradley Bellows and Lindsey Weber both advanced to semifinals in domestic extemporaneous speaking and Gage Saenz advanced to semifinals in foreign extemporaneous speaking. Dani Coquat was a semifinalist in prose interpretation. Bellows and Haag posted a 2-1 record in cross-examination debate. Mikaila Rushing placed seventh in student congress. Also competing at the tournament were Tessa Gregory in foreign extemp and student congress, Chris Duenes in foreign extemp and student congress, Mikaila Rushing in foreign extemp, and Alex Guerrero in prose.
Accompanying the students were Belinda Kopplin, Lisa Weber, and Superintendent Kenneth Rohrbach. Jimmy Conn is coach for poetry interpretation and Kathryn Wolff coaches prose interpretation. Rohrbach coaches debate, congress, and extemporaneous speaking. The squad will next compete at Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi on Sept. 25.
See photo, Page 1A.