CHS Speech & Debate students qualify for national competition

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Four CHS Speech & Debate Team students recently qualified to go to a national competition the National Debate and Speech Tournament, which will take place in Birmingham, Ala. June 17-23. Pictured in photo, from left to right, are students: Olivia Padilla, Jake Whitham, Levi Hodge and Tempest Gray. Contributed photo

Members of the Speech & Debate Team have been advancing through the ranks, taking wins at each competition, and, recently, four of those students qualified to attend a national competition the National Debate and Speech Tournament, which will be held June 17-23 in Birmingham, Ala.

"This is only the second time our school has qualified this many students," said Talana Hinson, Speech & Debate Team advisor. The first time was last year. Please take a moment to congratulate the following students."

The students who earned this honor are as follows:

Jake Whitham, Dramatic Interpretation, qualified with a second-place win
Tempest Gray, Program of Oral Interpretation, qualified with a first-place win
Olivia Padilla, Senate Congress, qualified with a first-place win
Levi Hodge, House Congress, qualified with a first-place win

The National Debate and Speech Tournament has been held across the country since 1931, and today, is the largest academic competition in the world. The student competitors represent the best and brightest young people across the United States and the globe.

Each year, more than 3,500 high school students compete in the week-long national tournament to determine the most prestigious title in high school academics: National Champion.