HARLINGEN — He plays the cello.
She likes acting.
Her brother Michael Gonzalez, 16, likes network design and business.
His sister Angela, 18, is pursuing the health care profession.
Somehow this young brother and sister team seems to have its own playbook without deliberately writing one. A little competition, a little cooperation and some team spirit, too.
They make a good pair, each competing in Speech, Drama and Debate events as well as Future Business Leaders of America. The two organizations offer different events in which students appear before judges to deliver various presentations in drama, debate or related categories.
“It’s a lot of cooperation,” said Michael, who took first place in March in a speaking tournament in San Antonio.
Michael, a Harlingen High School South sophomore, won the network design event. The competition was the Texas Future Business Leaders of America 2017 State Leadership Conference.
His success qualified him to compete in June in the 2017 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California.
“We were given a scenario and we had to invent some network connections,” he said.
Meanwhile, Angela is celebrating her opportunity to compete a second time at the national level for speech, drama and debate.
She and her partner performed well April 28 and 29 at the Gulf Coast National Speech and Debate Association National Qualifier.
At the event in Corpus Christi, Angela and her partner received high marks in the duo acting event.
“I am really excited to be going a second time,” said Angela, who will compete in the 2017 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama. That event will also be in June.
Ironic it would seem that brother and sister are each going to separate national competitions in similar events, yet they don’t seem in competition.
That’s because the events don’t collide. Both are in Speech, Drama and Debate as well as Future Business Leaders of America. Angela only decided to give FBLA a try although she’s not an “entrepreneur.” Her inclination is more toward Speech, Drama and Debate, while Michael’s a newcomer.
“I just wanted to see what it was about,” said Michael, who obviously leans more toward FBLA.
Angela was delighted to help him.
“It’s really cool,” she said. “Me being the oldest, I’ve been so happy being able to help. I am already there to give him when he had questions.”
Michael has appreciated having his own advisor right at home.
“It’s not like we are competing against each other because we are at different levels and different events,” he said.
Yet, there are a few basic similarities because they had to stand before judges.
“She helped me with teaching me what to do, what not to say,” he said.