Speaking Their Way To Districts

Speech and Debate prepare for their upcoming district meet

Speech and Debate will be participating in the San Antonio District Meet on Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb.21 at the Saint Mary’s Hall campus. This tournament decides who will qualify from the National Speech and Debate tournament in July.

“I think getting to represent Churchill, as well as the San Antonio circuit as a whole, would be a really amazing opportunity,” sophomore Jackson Reich said.

   In order to compete with one of the toughest circuits in the nation, Speech has begun preparing their pieces by competing at local speech tournaments, such as Brandeis, La Vernia, O’Connor, MacArthur, Madison, Reagan, and Boerne Champion High School tournaments, and managed to consistently place in sweepstakes .They also have practice every day before and after school.

“We know how incredibly hard it will be to get one of those top spots,” senior Ava Said said. “It will be cut-throat competition.”

 In order to not make the Districts meet too large, each school is only allowed to bring three competitors in each event.

“We’ve set up an audition system to ensure that we send our best performances,” Speech Coach Brandon Forinash said. “It will be a very rough decision, but I am confident that whoever we take will have a good shot at going to Nationals.” by Nathan Kleffner

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