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NEISD Speech & Debate students take on the best in Texas


Cosmo Albrecht - ISA Senior

North East ISD students earned top honors in the state at this year's Texas Forensics Association (TFA) State Speech and Debate Tournament in Houston, held over spring break. NEISD had more than seventy students qualify for the state tournament.

Cosmo Albrecht, a senior at the International School of the Americas, was the only student from San Antonio to advance to the finals in debate or public speaking. He placed third in U.S. Extemporaneous, an event which requires students to quickly craft persuasive speeches on U.S. policy and current events, delivering them without notes. Lee debate is led by coach Nichole Connor.

Another member of the Lee team, North East School of the Arts (NESA) senior, Madeleine Stengel, advanced to the semi-final round in the Poetry competition out of a field of over 100 competitors. Madeleine is coached by oral interpretation specialist, Justin Tidwell.

Churchill High School speech & debate students had a fantastic showing at the tournament as well - having several students advance to the finals. James Rodriguez advanced to the final round of Humorous Interpretation, placing third. Freddie Marshall competed in Poetry Interpretation, placing fourth. Additionally, Hailey Medrano and Montana Rowton advanced to the final round of Duo Interpretation, placing fifth. Coached by Brian Eanes, overall the team placed eleventh in the state.

NEISD Speech & Debate Students Head to Houston for State Competition

The 2013-2014 Churchill Debate Team



Posted on March 17, 2014