Seven students will travel to the prestigious 2013 LFG / NFL National Speech & Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama, June 15-22, 2013. The event, which caps an outstanding year of competition for the Grapevine High School speech and debate team, is billed as the world’s largest academic competition.
The students will join nearly 3,500participants from across the country and several other countries. Top winners from each event take home more than $200,000 in college scholarships. National competition occurs in eleven main events—Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Congressional Debate–House, Congressional Debate–Senate, Original Oratory, United States Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation—as well as seven consolation and supplemental events.
Grapevine High School will be attending its 21stNational Tournament. Since 1990, Grapevine High School has qualified 90 students for the National Tournament winning two (2) National Championships, as well as, multiple students in the final round, in the top 10, and in elimination rounds.
Jane Boyd, Director of Debate said: “I remember the thrill when we qualified our 1ststudent to the National tournament 21 years ago. I get that same thrill each time we qualify new students. The NFL National tournament is one of the greatest high school competitions in the WORLD. Qualifying is such an honor, but to also achieve the outstanding results we have over the year is fantastic.”
National qualifiers from Grapevine High School include the following:
- Alexander Yoakum, sophomore, Lincoln Douglas Debate
- Kenny Johng and Connor Smith, juniors, Policy Debate
- Tanner Terrell and Tatum Wilson, seniors, Duo Interpretation
- Jordin Willis and Maryn Richardson, juniors, Duo Interpretation
The Debate team is coached by Ms. Jane Boyd and the Speech team is coached by Mr. Grant HahnFor more information about the National Forensic League National Tournament, visit the tournament website:www.NFLnationals.org.
GrapevineHigh School National Qualifiers:
- Front Row – Kenny Johng, Maryn Richardson, TatumWilson, Tanner Terrell
- Secondrow – Alexander Yoakum, Connor Smith, Jordin Willis