Speech and Debate Brings Awards

Katie Jones, Author

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The Speech and Debate team travels to Jersey Village High School on Fri. 13, competing in duet acting and dramatic interpretation.

“Many of this year’s competitors, this year is their first time in speech and debate,” junior Lauren Ferro said. “I am excited for our progress.”

The team consists of three duet acting groups and one dramatic interpretation.

“I’ve never done speech and didn’t think I would like it,” sophomore Meghan Steward said. “I am so glad I gave it a chance.”

Dramatic interpretation is where the competitor memorized a 10 minute dramatic piece to perform in front of judges. Steward made it into the semifinals.

“I am proud of how far we have gone,” junior Maddie Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez and junior Lauren Ferro made it through the finals and placed sixth in the duet acting competition. Their piece was called ‘As It Is In Heaven’ which was about the underdog and how power can corrupt people.

“All of our hard work paid off,” Ferro said.

The other two duet acting scenes made it past preliminaries and into semifinals.

“We have gone to several speech tournaments for our duet piece and continue to learn as we go,” senior Anastasia Schultz said.

The duet acting competition requires two competitors to perform a scene together with a time limit of 10 minutes.

“It was nice to be with our team for so long and bond,” sophomore Jace Stampley said. “We arrived around 3 p.m. and competed until 1 a.m.”

The competing rooms were open for other scenes to watch the competitors.

“I felt a little pressure with seeing all those eyes on me,” Steward said. “However, it motivated me to perform my piece well.”

Schultz and junior Bailey Brassard said that they plan to continue perfecting their scene and attend more tournaments.

“I’ve grown a passion in speech,” Brassard said. “I love meeting new people, the late nights with my team, and the rewarding feeling of all of our hard work.”