Debate competes at Plano West

This past weekend, a small group of the Lindale Speech and Debate Team traveled to Plano West Senior High School to compete against some of the best teams in Dallas (and a few from Houston).  Going toe-to-toe with the likes of Southlake Carroll, Greenhill School, Jesuit College Prep, Seven Lakes, Lamar, Grapevine, Flower Mound, and many others, the Lindale team walked away with the 3rd Place Overall Sweepstakes!!!  This is an incredible accomplishment.  This tournament also gave out several berths to the various Tournament of Championship postseason tournaments.  I am very proud to report our following results:
1st Policy Debate – Ronak Desai (’18) and Jonas Thrasher-Evers (’17)
3rd Policy Debate – Robert McWhorter (’18) and Anthony Wyatt (’18)
  Jonas was also named 2nd speaker and Anthony was third speaker.
8th Congressional Debate – Evan Bewersdorf (’18)
1st Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking – Evan Bewersdorf (’18)
4th Dramatic Interpretation – Elizabeth Tagg (’18)
6th Dramatic Interpretation – Elizabeth Tagg (’18)
1st Informative (Oratory) – Elizabeth Tagg (’18)
1st Program of Oral Interpretation – Elizabeth Tagg (’18)
Semifinals Prose Interpretation – Elizabeth Tagg (’18)
With these results, the students earned the following accolades:
– Elizabeth earned qualifications to the Tournament of Champions sponsored by the University of Kentucky in Dramatic, Humorous, and Program of Oral Interpretation.
– Evan earned his qualification to the UK TOC in extemporaneous speaking.  He also received his first bid to the Extemp Tournament of Champions sponsored by Northwestern University.  This is the first qualification to this tournament in school history.
– Ronak, Jonas, Robert, and Anthony all completed their qualification to TFA State which will be held back at Plano West in March.
– Evan needs only 1 additional point to qualify for TFA State in Congressional Debate.  Elizabeth is 9 points away from qualifying in Dramatic Interpretation and 10 points away from qualifying in Humorous Interpretation.