GHS Speech & Debate
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With the help of incoming novice debaters, Garland High was able to sweep Berkner during the last tournament of the year. Bernker was home to the usual array of tournament gourmet (soggy ramen noodles, cold pizza, and overpriced soft drinks), but the team burnt some calories by running up three flights of stairs to get to rounds all over the school building. And the school district says that Debate shouldn’t be counted as P.E. credit. In spite of these “troubles” the team was able to triumph over some stiff competition, even beating Plano Senior, one of our biggest rivals. By the end of the semester Garland high school had put itself back on the debate circuit as a team to watch out for. Perhaps a bigger success was the fact that the gentleman of the team had successfully perfected the art of tying a tie and walking around for over 12 hours in heels was no longer an obstacle for the ladies. This tournament began the avalanche of qualifiers for TFA and would set some on the path to qualify at tournaments in the future.
GHS Varsity Speech & Debate won FIRST PLACE SWEEPSTAKES at Berkner December 13 & 14! (We beat Plano Senior by 75 points!) We now have 6 State Qualifiers! Individual Awards: 1st Place Amani Abderahman - Humorous Interp STATE QUALIFIER Connor Fitzhugh - Prose Interp Ashley Tsao - 1st Top Speaker PF Debate 2nd Place Connie Ly - Dramatic Interp STATE QUALIFIER Esrael Yohannes - Humorous Interp STATE QUALIFER Michael Isenberg & Connie Ly - Duet Acting Louise Nisperos & Liam McCoy - Duo Interp Hannan Ahmed - 2nd Top Speaker PF Debate 3rd Place Emily Jilson - Varsity LD Debate STATE QUALIFIER Ashley Tsao & Hannan Ahmed - PF Debate STATE QUALIFIERS Claire Sisk - Novice LD Debate & 3rd Top Speaker NLD Josh Mathew - Novice LD Debate Ashley Tsao - Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking 4th Place Louise Nisperos - Humorous Interp Kathryn Owens & Connor Fitzhugh - Duo Interp Nia Young - Poetry Hannan Ahmed - Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking 5th Place Sarah Zender - Dramatic Interp Esrael Yohannes & Michael Isenberg - Duo Interp Octofinalist (Top 16) Jenna Chapman - Varsity LD Debate Rohan Rereddy - Varsity LD Debate Nia Carter - Novice LD Debate THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
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GH S S PE E CH & D E BAT E
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HAPPY (belated) HOLIDAYS FROM THE GARLAND HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM!
DENTON GUYER TOURNAMENT
Never had the garland high school debate team encountered what they did at Denton guyer. What exactly caused half the team to burst out laughing and the other half to drop their jaw in shock? A bobble head trophy for winning first place in sweep stakes. After finding that the creekview tournament had been cancelled on December 7 due to ice and snow, GHS journeyed to denton guyer to compete at the first tournament of 2014. braving the winter chill, the team entered the enormous school and got straight to business. This one day tournament allowed GHS to ring in the new year with success and even more TFA state qualifiers.
Varsity Speech & Debate won 1st PLACE SWEEPSTAKES at Guyer Jan. 11, 2014 Individual Awards: OVERALL OUTSTANDING INTERPER - Connie Ly
1st Place Connie Ly - Dramatic Interpretation Amani Abderahman - Humorous Interpretation Liam McCoy & Louise Nisperos - Duo Acting Josh Mathew - Varsity LD Debate TOP SPEAKER
2nd Place Connie Ly - Prose Interp, Poetry Interp
3rd Place Rohan Rereddy - Varsity LD Debate (Semis) Amani Abderahman - Poetry Interp Jordan Guillory & Jochebed Fekadu - Duo Acting
4th Place Emily Jilson - Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
7th Place Wynston Pennybacker - Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
8th Place Ashley Tsao - Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking
Quarterfinalist - Top 8 Ashley Tsao & Hannan Ahmed - Varsity PublicForum Debate
FLOWERMOUND/MARCUS SWING TOURNAMENT
To go to a swing tournament is to know the feeling of complete and utter exhaustion. With two tournaments crammed into the time normally used for one tournament, some members of the team had to suffer through, I mean, compete in up to 6 debate rounds or 9 individual event rounds on Friday night. After getting a quick nap at the local La Quinta, the team awoke with sleepy eyes and dined on the breakfast of kings: Texas shaped waffles. Because most of teenagers are used to a sleep deprived high school life, the team was able to regain spirits quickly and earn a third place sweepstakes over both tournaments. As the official season winds down the team only has one more tournament to qualify for TFA state with. Like Stewy says, “It’s never too late!” and GHS may have some state qualifiers to come at Jesuit/Vines.
This weekend Varsity Speech & Debate attended TWO tournaments at the same time. We were awarded 3rd Place Overall Sweepstakes for our performance at both tournaments! We now have 14 T.F.A. State Qualifiers (only 5 away from our record)! Thanks for your support! Individual Awards: 1st Place Esrael Yohannes & Michael Isenberg - Duo Acting @ Marcus Connie Ly - Dramatic Interp @ Marcus Amani Abderahman - Humorous Interp @ FM 2nd Place Michael Isenberg & Connie Ly - Duet Acting @ Marcus Esrael Yohannes & Michael Isenberg - Duo Acting @ FM Connie Ly - Prose @ FM 3rd Place Rohan Rereddy - Varsity LD Debate @ Marcus Theo Winter & Eric Bellew - Varsity PF Debate @ FM Connie Ly - Prose Interp @ Marcus 4th Place Liam McCoy - Dramatic Interp @ Marcus Vu Le - Original Oratory @ Marcus Amani Abderahman - Poetry Interp @ Marcus 5th Place Liam McCoy - Poetry Interp @ Marcus Emily Jilson - Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking @ FM 6th Place Hannan Ahmed - Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking @ FM 8th Place Liam McCoy - Dramatic Interp @ FM Octa-finalist (Top 16) Daniel Easley - Varsity LD Debate @ FM Mahi Senthilkumar & Wynston Pennybacker - Varsity PF Debate @ FM Double Octos (Top 32) Rohan Rereddy - Varsity LD Debate @ FM
Thank you to the sensational Stewy for staying after school to work on pieces, the endless amount of jokes and laughter you bring, and the support in all of our endeavors.
Thank you to Big Jim who the best bus driver the team could ever wish for.
Thank you to the magnificent Martens for being able to put up with the Juniors for both English and Debate, the fantastic advice, and your belief in us to succeed.
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A Word from the Editor
Hello parents and team members! My name is Ashley Tsao and I am the VP of the Speech and Debate Team. I’m the individual behind these newsletters and am proud to say that it has been a pleasure documenting the progress and success of the team throughout this year’s season. To our coaches, thank you for all of the time and effort that you put into this team. Despite the long hours at school and a family at home both of you are able to offer invaluable advice and help on our pieces and cases. Our gratitude will never be able to be expressed fully. To the parents who are more than willing to wake up at four in the morning and come back to pick us up at midnight, thank you. For getting our suits dry cleaned and supporting us in our endeavors, we love you very much. Much of our success can be attributed to you. To my fellow team mates, thank you for making this year one of the best yet. All of you are utterly hilarious, intelligent, and personable. Your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed my respect for you all has only grown throughout this year. Thank you for reading this newsletter! If any of the members or parents wish to obtain a digital copy of these pictures you can email me at email@example.com and I will send the pictures you would like ASAP.
TFA STATE QUALIFIERS Garland High School
Student Amani Abderahman Hannan Ahmed Ashley Tsao Eric Bellew Theodora Winter Michael Isenberg Esrael Yohannes Emily Jilson
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Connie Ly Liam McCoy Louise Nisperos Rohan Rereddy
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