This past weekend Harlingen High School South competed at the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament, which is the second largest academic competition in the nation consisting of nearly 1,500 students from across the state. Once again, Speech/Drama/Debate took home a top ten school award for most state qualifications and had numerous students advance in their respective events.

Additionally, Harlingen High School’s Grant Burbach (12) received 2nd place in Congressional Debate, and Samantha Lopez (12) received the Texas Forensic Association Scholarship.

Results for South SDD:

Placing in the Final Round (top 6) were:

Chris Smith (12) 2nd place Impromptu Speaking

James Gracia (12) 3rd place Dramatic Interpretation

Isabella Connell (11) and Lauren Ponce (10) 5th place Duet Acting

Reaching the semifinal round:

James Gracia (12) and

John Duncan (11) in Duet Acting

John Duncan (11) in

Informative Speaking

RJ Gonzalez (11) in

Impromptu Speaking

Joseph Decilos (10) in

Prose Reading

Reaching the

quarterfinal round:

Savannah Smith (12) in Humorous Interpretation

James Gracia (12) and Natalie Perez (10) in Duo Interpretation

Lucero Sauceda (11) in Original Oratory