2012/13 Speech & Debate Team News
Debaters Represent CHS at UIL State
John William (LD Debate) and Buse (LD Debate and Persuasive Extemp) competed at UIL State held at UT Austin on May 21-22, 2013. It was tough competition, but these debaters held their own and represented CHS as professionals and leaders. Congratulations on making it to State!
Three CHS Duet Teams Awarded National Finalist Trophies
A portion of the CHS Interp Team was able to qualify for the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC), held this year May 9-12 in San Antonio, TX at St. Mary's Hall. We're so proud of all of our qualifers who worked so hard at tournaments all year to earn bids and ranks in order to compete at this prestigious tournament (PAIGE in HI/Duet, OLIVIA in Duet, SAMANTHA in Oratory, SARAH in Duo/Duet, THOMAS in HI/Duet, BLAKE in Duo/Duet, BUSE in Duet, ZACH in Duet, BEN in DI/Duet, MEGAN in Duo, CARLY in Duo, SARAH in Oratory). CONGRATULATIONS our Award Winners: Duet Acting quarter finalists, PAIGE & OLIVIA and BEN & THOMAS, and to Duet Acting semi finalists, BUSE & BLAKE.
CHS wins 1st place UIL Regional Championship!
The CHS Interp & Debate Team district UIL champions competed at the UIL Regional Tournament at UTA on April 19-20 for the chance to qualify for the UIL State tournament in Austin in May. Congratulations to our medal winners and State qualifiers! GABRIEL (7th place Informative Speaking), PAIGE (6th place Prose), ANEETA (6th place Persuasive Speaking), JOHN WILLIAM (3rd place LD Debate, State Qualified) and
BUSE (2nd place LD Debate, State Qualified and 1st place Persuasive Speaking, State Qualified). And to the entire Team for winning our first ever UIL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! GOOD LUCK AT STATE!
CHS Wins 2nd in NFL Congress Sweepstakes
The CHS Congressional Debate Team competed at the NFL Longhorn District Tournament in Farmers Branch on Thursday, March 28, 2013. They debated legislation authored by high school debaters from the Longhorn district on several controversial issues, and followed Parliamentary Procedure to pass or fail bills and resolutions in an attempt to qualify for the NFL National Tournament in Alabama this June. CONGRATULATIONS to PETERSEN for writing one of the Top Five pieces of legislation, and to our finalists: JOSEPH (8th place Novice), DIVYA (7th place House), DANIEL (presiding officer and 6th place Novice), PETERSEN (5th place Senate), BUSE (presiding officer, 4th place House- 2nd alternate to Nationals)! And CONGRATULATIONS on Second Place Longhorn Congress & District Sweepstakes!
CHS wins UIL district Overall Speech Team Champions a second year!
CONGRATULATIONS to our finalists and medal winners, and a record number of Regionals qualifiers...
SUMER (4th place Informative Extemp), GABE (3rd place Bronze in Informative Extemp), YOULIM (3rd place Bronze in LD Debate), ANEETA (3rd place Bronze in Persuasive Extemp), PETERSEN (2nd place Silver in Informative Extemp), BUSE (2nd place Silver in Persuasive Extemp and 2nd place Silver in LD Debate), PAIGE (1st place Gold in Prose Interp), JOHN WILLIAM (1st place Gold in Persuasive Speaking, 1st place Gold in LD Debate and Top LD Debate Speaker)!
CONGRATULATIONS on First Place UIL District Sweepstakes!
BEST OF LUCK at Regionals at UTA in April!
Impromptu Speaking State Champions!
The Team competed at the TFA State Tournament with a record number of State Qualifiers, nearly making the State Top Ten qualifiers! Congratulations to PAIGE, OLIVIA, ALONNA, BUSE, ABBY, SARAH, BLAKE, SARAH, ZACH, YOULIM, DIVYA, PETERSEN, SAMANTHA, CARLY, MEGAN, JOHN WILLIAM, ROYA and THOMAS for qualifying in so many events! And CONGRATULATIONS to our advancing students and award winners: BLAKE (prose quarters), THOMAS (HI quarters), PAIGE (oratory & HI semis), PETERSEN (Congress semis), SARAH & ZACH (Duet semis), DIVYA (Senate finals) and BUSE (4th in the State in Impromptu) and JOHN WILLIAM, STATE CHAMPION in IMPROMPTU SPEAKING!
CHS Qualifies for NFL Nationals!
Senior student and Team President, Paige LaNasa, was a top finalist in two events, Oratory and Humorous Interp, at the NFL Longhorn District Tournament on March 1-2, qualifying her to compete at the National Tournament in Alabama this June. Since students may only compete in one event at that tournament, she will take her Humorous Interp piece this year. This is Paige's third time to qualify for Nationals, previously competing there in Public Forum Debate and Oratory. CONGRATULATIONS!
We would also like to congratulate our SEMI-FINALISTS and FINALISTS at the District Tournament...
Sumer Pervez, Aneeta Xavier and Gabriel Grinffiel (US Extemp), Alexis Luoma (Humorous Interp), Ben Braudrick & Thomas Friend (Duo Interp)
Zach Royal & Alonna Ray and Sarah Al-Shalash & Blake Stewart (Duo Interp),
John Petersen (International Extemp), Samantha Love (Oratory) and
John William VanDerSchans (US Extemp).
And CONGRATULATIONS on Second Place Longhorn IE Sweepstakes!
Ending another TFA speech & debate season...
The Team finished out another successful speech, interp & debate tournament season at the Vines HS Tournament on February 9, 2013.
CONGRATULATIONS to octo-finalists, ABBY & SARAH in Public Forum Debate.
CONGRATULATIONS to semi-finalists: BEN, THOMAS (poetry), PETERSEN (FX), BUSE (HI & DX), THOMAS, DIVYA (oratory), SARAH & BLAKE (duo interp).
and CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FINALISTS & AWARD WINNERS! YOULIM and BUSE (congress finals), SAMANTHA (6th place Oratory + 1TFA),
SARAH (6th place Humorous Interp + 1TFA, now STATE QUALIFIED),
PAIGE & OLIVIA (6th place Duet Acting, + 1TFA), ALONNA (5th place poetry), JOHN WILLIAM (5th place US Extemp + 4TFA), BUSE & BLAKE (4th place Duet Acting + 2TFA), ALONNA & PAIGE (4th place Duo Interp + 2TFA), THOMAS (4th place Humorous Interp + 3TFA), PAIGE (3rd place Prose and 3rd place Oratory + 4TFA), BLAKE (1st place Prose) and SARAH & ZACH (1st place Duet Acting, + 6TFA now STATE QUALIFIED)
COLLEYVILLE TOURNAMENT - Feb. 2, 2013
A small squad attended to work on final TFA State points before our last qualifying weekend on 2/9, and still ended up with THIRD PLACE SWEEPSTAKES!!
CONGRATULATIONS to Finalists and Award-Winners: THOMAS (Oratory), SARAH & BLAKE (4th place Duo Interp + 2TFA), BRANDON & JOSEPH
(3rd place novice Public Forum), ZACH & SARAH (4th place Duet + 2TFA), SAMANTHA (3rd place Oratory + 3TFA), BUSE & BLAKE (2nd place Duet + 4TFA) and THOMAS (1st place Humorous Interp + 6TFA)!
CONGRATULATIONS to our newest STATE QUALIFIERS - THOMAS (Humorous Interp) and SAMANTHA (oratory)!
More State Qualifiers & Awards...
The Team finished out the month at the Flower Mound/Marcus swing tournament on January 25-26, 2013, finishing in the Top 6 out of 52 schools.
CONGRATULATIONS to semi-finalists: Sumer (US Extemp), Thomas (oratory), Ben (Poetry), Thomas (Dramatic Interp), Sarah (Humorous Interp), Ben & Thomas (Duo). And to Octo-finalists: Buse (LD + 4TFA, now STATE Qualified), Youlim (LD), Joseph & Brett (PFD) and Quarter-finalists: Brandon & Akshith (PFD + 2TFA).
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR AWARD WINNERS AND STATE QUALIFIERS! PETERSEN (7th place FM Congress + 3TFA & 6th place FM Foreign Extemp + 1TFA), ANEETA (4th place MA US Extemp + 3TFA),
THOMAS (4th place FM Humorous Interp + 3TFA), CARLY (5th place MA Humorous Interp + 2TFA and 2nd place FM Humorous Interp + 6TFA,
now STATE Qualified), MEGAN & CARLY (2nd place MA Duo + 6TFA) and
SARAH & ZACH (2nd place FM/M Duet + 8TFA)
Record Debaters Qualify for State
Team Debate Captain, JOHN WILLIAM, made the second LD Debater and 4th Debater to qualify for TFA State from CHS so far this year. He completed the points he needed to qualify by taking 2nd place at the Jasper HS tournament on January 19.
What a way to begin 2013! While others were enjoying the final days of Winter Break, the Team spent their final Friday and Saturday at their first "Swing" Tournament, held January 4-5, 2013 at Plano East Sr. High.
Friday's portion of the tournament was sponsored by McMillen High School, where the Team won numorous awards, qualified more students for TFA STATE, and won SECOND PLACE SWEEPSTAKES!
Saturday's portion of the tournament, sponsored by PESH, brought even more awards, STATE qualifications, and FIRST PLACE SWEEPSTAKES! It was a very
successful weekend, and the Team starts back to school on Monday for a brand new
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR AWARD WINNERS AND STATE QUALIFIERS!
McMillen: JOHN WILLIAM (LD Debate Octofinals + 2TFA), YOULIM (LD Debate Quarter finals + 3TFA, now STATE Qualified), MEGAN & CARLY (6th place Duo Interp + 1TFA), DIVYA (6th place Impromptu Speaking), JOHN WILLIAM (6th place US Extemp + 3TFA), ALEXIS (6th place Humorous Interp + 1TFA), THOMAS & ALONNA (4th place Duet + 2TFA), PAIGE (3rd place Poetry, 3rd place Prose), PAIGE & ALONNA (3rd place Duo Interp + 3TFA), now STATE Qualified), PAIGE (2nd place Oratory + 6TFA), PAIGE & OLIVIA (2nd place Duet + 4TFA, now STATE Qualified)
Plano East: SARAH (8th place US Extemp +1TFA), THOMAS (5th place Humorous Interp + 2TFA), SARAH & BLAKE (4th place Duo Interp + 2TFA),
PAIGE (3rd place Oratory + 4TFA, now STATE qualified), DIVYA (3rd place Impromptu), MEGAN & CARLY (3rd place Duo Interp + 3TFA, now STATE qualified), PAIGE & ALONNA (2nd place Duo Interp + 4TFA), PAIGE (2nd place Prose), SARAH (1st place Humorous Interp + 8TFA), PAIGE (1st place Poetry), OLIVIA & PAIGE (1st place Duet Acting + 6TFA), THOMAS & BEN (1st place Duo Interp + 8TFA)
December 14-15 - Clash of the Titans
Centennial hosted our very first Speech & Debate TFA State Qualifying Tournament. We welcomed 27 north Texas high schools and their coaches, over 100 judges and over 400 student actors and debaters to CHS, and it was a great success!
The CHS Speech & Debate Team would like to THANK our Administrators, Custodians, Office Staff, Parent Volunteers, Student Volunteers, Judges, Former Speech & Debate Students, Library Staff, and CHS Faculty for both helping to judge and for use of their classrooms. Our tournament would not have been as successful without all of you.
The Team spent the Fall semester planning this big event, and also worked every aspect of the tournament for two days and 30+ hours, including concessions, judge recruitement, security, room coordination, tabulation room, and Awards Ceremony entertainment. They learned great business, professional planning, hosting, management, communication and cooperation skills from hosting this event.
We thank all of the schools who attended, and hope they will return for next year's Clash of the Titans!
The Team closed out 2012 at the Creekview High School tournament on December 8, 2012 with amazing results - more TFA State qualifiers, points, NIETOC bids and several awards, including final rounds in Public Forum and LD Debate and FIRST PLACE SWEEPSTAKES!!!
Creekview was also a NIETOC bid tournament - Congratulations to SAMANTHA (oratory bid), BEN and MICALAH (dramatic interp bid), PAIGE, ALONNA, ZACH, BLAKE, CARLY (humorous interp bid).
CONGRATULATIONS to quarter-finalists: Ben, Micalah (dramatic interp) and Meagan & Pavanya (public forum debate)
CONGRATULATIONS to semi-finalists: Buse (oratory), Paige (prose), Sarah & Zach, Megan & Carly, Thomas & Alonna, Olivia & Paige (duet acting), Olivia (poetry), Megan & Carly, Ben & Thomas (duo interp) and Paige, Alonna, Zach, Blake (humorous interp) and BRANDON, SUMER, AKSHITH (novice congress finalists).
CONGRATULATIONS to our Award Winners: CARLY (7th place Humorous Interp + 2TFA), ANEETA (4th place Impromptu & 6th place US Extemp + 1TFA), BUSE (4th place US Extemp + 3TFA), ALONNA & PAIGE (4th place Duo Interp + 3TFA), JOHN WILLIAM (3rd place LD Debate + 6TFA), ABBY & SARAH (3rd place PF Debate + 6TFA, now qualified for STATE), SAMANTHA (3rd place Oratory + 4TFA), ALONNA (2nd place Poetry),
PAIGE (1st place Poetry) and PETERSEN (1st place Foreign Extemp + 8TFA).
The Team competed at Arlington High School on November 17, 2012 and won several awards-- a great start to a well-deserved Fall Break!
Congratulations to semi-finalists: Buse, John William (Extemp), Paige (Prose), Sarah, Alonna, Zach (Humorous Interp), Sumer (Impromptu), and Thomas (Humorous & Dramatic Interp).
CONGRATULATIONS to our AWARD WINNERS: John William (LD Debate quarter finals + 2TFA), Pavanya (5th place Impromptu), Paige & Alonna (3rd place Duo Interp + 3TFA), Buse (2nd place LD Debate + 6TFA and
1st place Speaker), Paige (1st place Humorous Interp + 8TFA), Abby (1st place novice Extemp) and Paige & Olivia (1st place Duet Acting + 6TFA).
The Team competed at the Hockaday School in Dallas on November 9-10, 2012, won several awards, and qualified another team member to the State Tournament and a Duo Team to the National IE Tournament.
Congratulations to semi-finalists: Carly and Thomas (Humorous Interp),
Paige (Oratory), Ayushi, Thomas, Semra (Dramatic Interp) and John William
(US Extemp + 1TFA).
CONGRATULATIONS to our AWARD WINNERS:
Carly & Megan (5th place Duet + 1TFA and 5th place Duo Interp + 1TFA),
Buse (4th place Humorous Interp + 3TFA), Paige (3rd place Poetry & 2nd place Prose), Petersen (3rd place Congress + 6TFA, NOW STATE QUALIFIED),
Sarah & Blake (2nd place Duo Interp + 4TFA) and Paige (1st place Humorous Interp + 8TFA)!
A portion of the Team finished out October by competing at the
Lake Highlands High School tournament on October 27, 2012 - closing out events, winning several awards, earning more State points, another State qualification, and FIRST PLACE SWEEPSTAKES!
CONGRATULATIONS to Abby (6th place Dramatic Interp + 1TFA),
Celeste (6th place Oratory + 1TFA), Micalah (5th place Dramatic Interp + 1TFA), Sarah & Abby (3rd place Public Forum Debate + 4TFA), Vee (3rd place Dramatic Interp + 3TFA), Sarah (3rd place Humorous Interp + 3TFA), Alexis (2nd place Humorous Interp + 4TFA), Petersen (2nd place Congress + 4TFA) and 1st place Impromptu), Simi & Samantha (2nd place PF Debate + 6TFA), Ayushi (2nd place Dramatic Interp + 4TFA), Sarah (2nd place Oratory + 4TFA, NOW STATE QUALIFIED), Semra (1st place Dramatic Interp + 6TFA), Samantha (1st place Oratory + 6TFA), Blake (1st place Humorous Interp + 6TFA) and Youlim (1st place LD Debate + 8TFA)!
A portion of the Team competed at the Guyer High School tournament on October 6, 2012 with great success- more TFA State points and several awards, including final rounds in Public Forum and LD Debate. Guyer was also a NIETOC bid tournament - Congratulations to THOMAS (humorous & dramatic interp bids), BEN (dramatic interp bid), MEGAN & CARLY (duo interp bid) and ALEXIS (humorous interp bid).
CONGRATULATIONS to semi-finalists: Buse (extemp), Divya, Buse, Petersen (oratory), Thomas, Ben (dramatic interp), Petersen (foreign extemp & oratory), and Carly (humorous interp).
CONGRATULATIONS to our Award Winners: ALEXIS (6th place Humorous Interp + 1TFA), YOULIM (LD Debate quarter finals + 2TFA), PETERSEN (3rd place Congressional Debate + 4TFA), DIVYA & SIMI (3rd place Public Forum Debate + 4TFA), BUSE (3rd place LD Debate + 4TFA), THOMAS (3rd place Humorous Interp + 4TFA) and MEGAN & CARLY (1st place Duo Interp + 6TFA)!
The Team finished out a very successful September at the Plano West Sr. High tournament on September 28-29. They had 3 of the 6 Humorous Interp finalists, 2 of the 6 Oratory finalists, and 4 of the 6 Impromptu Speaking finalists, as well as several other awards, including 3rd PLACE SWEEPSTAKES !
CONGRATULATIONS to semi-finalists: Olivia (poetry), Divya (impromptu), Thomas (dramatic & humorous interp), Petersen (foreign extemp & oratory), and Buse (oratory).
CONGRATULATIONS to PETERSEN (Congress finals +2TFA),
CARLY (5th place Humorous Interp + 2 TFA), YOULIM (5th place Impromptu), DIVYA (4th place Oratory + 3TFA), THOMAS & ALONNA (3rd place Duet Acting + 3TFA), PETERSEN (3rd place Impromptu), MEGAN & CARLY (3rd place Duo Interp + 3TFA), ALONNA & PAIGE (2nd place Duo Interp + 4TFA),
BUSE (2nd place Impromptu), ALONNA (2nd place Humorous Interp + 6TFA), PAIGE (5th place Oratory + 2TFA, 2nd place Prose, 1st place Humorous Interp + 8TFA) and JOHN WILLIAM (1st place Impromptu)!
The Team competed at Parish Episcopal School on September 21-22 and earned more points toward State qualification and several awards, including OUTSTANDING PERFORMER and our first SWEEPSTAKES award of the year!
CONGRATULATIONS to Divya (semi finals in US Extemp), Sarah (6th place Oratory + 1TFA), Buse (4th place Impromptu), Carly (4th place Humorous Interp + 2TFA), Alonna (5th place Humorous Interp + 1TFA, 1st place Poetry) and Paige (4th place Dramatic Interp + 2TFA, 3rd place Oratory + 3TFA, 1st place Prose, 1st place Humorous Interp + 6TFA (now STATE qualified) and 1st place Outstanding Performer)
The second tournament of the year brought more awards and State points for the
Team- competing against 40 schools and over 500 competitors at Plano Sr. High on September 8th. Plano was also a NIETOC bid tournament - Congratulations to ALONNA (humorous & dramatic bids) and SARAH (oratory bid).
CONGRATULATIONS to Buse (semis in Extemp), Olivia & Alonna (semis in Poetry), Alonna (semis in dramatic & humorous interp) and Award Winners: Abby & Sarah (semi finals in PF Debate + 4TFA), Paige (2nd place Prose) and Sarah (2nd place Oratory + 6TFA).
The Team is off to a great start! They competed at the first tournament of the year at Byron Nelson HS on September 1st, and won several awards and earned points toward State qualification.
CONGRATULATIONS to Abby & Sarah (quarter finals in PF Debate + 2 TFA State points), Thomas (semis in Dramatic Interp), Buse (6th place Oratory + 1 State point), Sarah (2nd place Oratory + 4 State points), Alonna (3rd place Humorous Interp + 3 State points, 2nd place Poetry), and Paige (1st place Prose, 1st place Humorous Interp + 6 State points)!
AUGUST 2012 - CHS hosted 3 Summer Prep Clinics for new and former Interpers, as well as new and former Debaters & Speakers. Our final clinic on August 18 included reading scripts, analyzing new Debate resolutions and strategies, and introducing the Team to Evernote.
Paige, Bazar & Alonna qualified for the NFL National Tournament in June, 2o12 in Indiana. After a week of tough competition, Bazar finished in the Top 20 in Oratory!
2012/13 Officer Board
Divya (NFL Manager)
John William (Debate Captain)
Roya (Jr. Debate Captain)
Alonna & Thomas (Interp Capts.)
Buse (Speech Capt.)
Petersen (Congress Capt.)
Sept. 1 - Byron Nelson
Sept. 8 - Plano Sr.(NIETOC bid)
Sept. 28-29 - Plano West
Oct. 6 - Guyer(NIETOC bid)
Oct. 27 - Lake Highlands
Nov. 9-10 - Hockaday
Nov. 17 - Arlington
Nov. 19-23 - Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 8th – Creekview (NIETOC bid)
Dec. 14-15 – CENTENNIAL!!
Dec. 22-Jan. 6 – Winter Break
Jan. 4-5 - Plano East /McMillen
Jan. 25-26 - Flower Mound /
Feb. 9 - Vines
Feb. 22-23 – NFL Debate Districts
March 1-2 - NFL I.E. Districts
March 6-9 - TFA State - Grand Prairie, TX
March 11-15 – Spring Break
March 22-23 – UIL Districts
March 28 – NFL Student Congress Districts
April 19-20 – UIL Regionals @ UTA
May 21-22 – UIL State @ UT
May 10-12, 2013 - NIETOC - San Antonio, TX
June 16-21, 2013 – NFL
NATIONALS – Birmingham, AL