Sunday, December 8, 2019

Dragons Take Top Prizes at State Debate Tournament

The 41st Annual Texas Forensic Association State Tournament was held March 7-9 at Cypress Woods High School in Houston.

Carroll had 13 students who qualified for the meet that included over 2200 students competing from over 200 Texas high schools.

Senior, Daniella Cohen, won the State Championship after debating more than 15 hours in Congressional Debate on numerous pieces of legislation, which had been written by participating schools. Junior, Azhar Hussain also made it to the final round and placed 11th in the state in Congressional Debate. Senior, Nyle Hussain placed 4th in the state in the Senate of Congressional Debate. Junior, Azhar Hussain placed 2nd in the state in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking after presenting a 7 minute speech on economic and military relationships between China and Japan.

Students named All State by advancing to the elimination rounds were Senior, Kevin O’Brien, Junior Priyanka Suri, and Senior, Will Cook. Freshman, Emma Lin, advanced to the semi-final round in Congressional Debate (top 32). The team finished in 5th place sweepstakes and also received the Lanny Naeglin Award for having the most number of state qualifications over the last 5 years. Other students who qualified and aided in our quest for the state championship were:  Seniors, Michael Formella, Davis Samuel, Djorn Patel, Ali Prasla; Junior, Zain Aziz and Sophomore, Aneequah Naeem.

Carroll Coach, Diane Forbes, was inducted into the Texas Forensic Association Hall of Fame for her contributions to furthering the art of speech and debate in Texas public high schools and committment to success of her students.