Thursday, October 4, 2012

Spring Woods High debate students win national rankings

Two students with the Spring Woods High School Speech and Debate Team placed nationally at a recent competition.

Both are considered among the nation’s top debaters. Recognized at the National Forensic League’s National Debate and Speech tournament held in Indianapolis, Ind., were students Christian Rice and Cade Bundrick. Rice advanced to semi-finals competition in Congressional Debate and was later ranked one of the top 30 competitors in the nation.

Now a junior, Rice plans to continue competing in Debate this year and next. Bundrick, a May graduate, also advanced to quarter-finals in Dramatic Interpretation during the summer tourney. He was ranked among the top 25 competitors nationally.

He began attending the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, earlier this fall. In order to compete at the national tournament each year, students from around the Houston area compete to represent local National Forensic Districts. Both Rice and Bundrick earned first place in the Space City National Forensic League District competition, held in April 2012.

The Spring Woods High School Speech and Debate Team is led by forensics director Victoria Beard, who also teaches communications.