Thursday, August 15, 2013

Spring Woods High Debate Team makes history

Debaters from Spring Woods High School made history this summer as graduating senior Waaris Mohammad placed near the top among student debaters nationally in Congressional Debate and the Spring Woods High team qualified as a Top 20 team and earned the School of Excellence Award.

In addition to Spring Woods High, Memorial High’s Debate Team qualified a cross-examination team and Stratford High qualified a public forum team.

The awards for Spring Woods High’s debate team were earned during the National Debate Tournament of the National Forensic League (NFL).

The debate tournament was held June 17-21 in Birmingham, Ala. Senior Waaris Mohammad, who will enter George Washington University this fall, placed fifth in Congressional Debate out of 270 student debaters.

He placed highest nationally among all SBISD high school debaters. To compete at the national tournament in Alabama, students had to first qualify by winning at the local NFL district level. Spring Woods High qualified six students thorugh the regional Space City District.

In addition to Mohammad, they included recent graduates Lizeth Urdiales and Brianna Bonilla and incoming seniors Max Rombado, Avery Reinhart and Christian Rice. Spring Woods High’s speech and debate program is led by Victoria Beard, director of forensics.

Last school year, she was a finalist for Teacher of the Year. Memorial High qualified the cross-examination team of Kevin Colbert andTrent McGuiness. Stratford High qualified the public forum team of Nathaniel Barbour and Fariha Jawed. They advanced to Round 8 in competition.


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