Debate Update September 11-13

The Lindale Speech and Debate team had a busy weekend!!!  We started out the weekend on Friday with four students competing at the Grapevine Classic.  This tournament, featuring teams from over 15 states and some of the top competition in the country.  Our teams competed very well improving on their performances from last year.
Then, while this group finished at Grapevine, another group headed to Princeton to compete on Saturday.  Our results are as follows:
1st CX Debate – Robert McWhorter and Konnor Scott
1st Original Oratory – Elizabeth Tagg
1st Program of Oral Interpretation – Elizabeth Tagg
3rd Poetry – Elizabeth Tagg
3rd International Extemporaneous Speaking – Even Bewersdorf
4th Congressional Debate – Baylor Payne
4th US Extemporaneous Speaking – Grant Root
5th Congressional Debate – Evan Bewersdorf
8th Congressional Debate – Grant Root
Finalist Congressional Debate – Tyler Meador
Semifinals US Extemporaneous Speaking – Ashlyn Ellgass
Semifinals Poetry – Samantha Rodden
Semifinals Original Oratory – Ashlynn Beaird
Semifinals Dramatic Interpretation and Prose Interpretation – Elizabeth Tagg
With the performances this weekend, a few milestones have been set.
1. The CX debate teams of Alec Ramsey and Jonas Thrasher-Evers, and Ronak Desai and Anthony Wyatt had already qualified for TFA State.  Now, Robert and Konnor have also qualified, Evan has qualified in both of his events, Grant is only a few points away from qualifying in his both, Elizabeth is only a few points away in Original Oratory, and so many other kids have started the process.  For some perspective, last year we only qualified four kids (two CX teams) for TFA State.
2. We have competed in three weekends of competitions (four total tournaments).  Lindale has won first place in CX debate in all FOUR of those tournaments (by three different teams).
3. Elizabeth now has received one bid to compete at the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in both Dramatic Interpretation and Original Oratory.  If she gets a second bid, she will fully qualify for that tournament which is in May in Denver.