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Four Royse City Debate Team members qualify for national competition

ROYSE CITY —Four Royse City High School Speech and Debate Team members qualified at the National Forensic League District Tournament last week to compete in national debate competition this June in Dallas.

Royse City’s team. coached by Josh Hamilton, won second place overall in the event.

Kyle Geyman and Garrett Hammonds are the first RCHS students to ever qualify for national competition in “Duo Interpretation.”

Their presentation is entitled “Clash of the Titanic” by Eric Snider, which looks at Snider’s humorous column written after the movie was released, plus the angry e-mails that came after his re-write of this famous movie – filled with humor and a message that sometimes words can cause many to do crazy things.

Matt Stone earned first place in Humorous Interpretation, for a piece entitled “The Littlest Hitler” by Ryan Boudniot. It recalls the author’s story of going to school in the fourth grade dressed as Adolph Hitler – and the humorous repercussions that occurred as a result.

Taylor Rothlein qualified in “Foreign Extemporaneous” speaking, only the second time an RCHS student has done so.

Royse City also earned alternate spots at the competition.

Kaylee Dusek is an alternate in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking.

Travis Sanders is an alternate in House Congressional Debate.

Mikindzi Shanks is an alternate in Senate Congressional Debate.

In Dramatic Interpretation, the first alternate is Travis Sanders, and the second alternate is Stacy Hood.

Kelsie Rogers is a second alternate in Original Oratory.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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