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NEISD represented at National Speech & Debate Tourney

Cosmo holds his trophy

Cosmo Albrecht of ISA took home the second place trophy at the national competition.

North East ISD was well represented at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Overland Park, Kansas this June. Students from Churchill, Lee, MacArthur, Madison and Johnson high school’s faced top students in various speech and debate categories.

Cosmo Albrecht of The International School of the America’s (ISA) achieved Runner-Up National Championship status, taking second place in Extemporaneous Speech. This category requires students to speak persuasively and in-depth on a topic of national interest with little preparation and no notes. Contestants have 30-minutes to master their topic before taking the stage where they are judged on analysis of the issue, depth of thought, organization of thought, speaking ability, and cited sources. Cosmo is coached by Nichole Connor.

James Rodriguez of Churchill is also enjoying notable success from the national competition. James competed in Dramatic Interpretation. James just missed the cut to enter the finals round with an eighth place finish in the qualifying round. Dramatic Interpretation contestants select monologues, adopting the roles of many different characters, changing their tone, manner, and the position of their body to indicate a change in character.

Congratulations to all the students that competed in what is the largest academic competition in the world. To attend, the students had to place among the top competitors at one of 109 district tournaments. The tournament has run continuously since the 1930’s.  

Posted on June 26, 2014