Saturday, March 2, 2024

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.

Dragons Headed to Tournament of Champions Debate

Three Carroll Dragon students will spend the coming months preparing for the prestigious Tournament of Champions next spring. Students Ali Prasla, Daniella Cohen and Megan Schippmann earned bids to the tournament after a successful competition over the Thanksgiving break. Schippman, placed twelfth overall. The Carroll senior also wrote the legislation that was submitted for debate by Carroll and was voted best legislation in the tournament.

The students traveled to Chicago for The Glenbrooks Debate Tournament held the weekend of Nov. 17. With more than 230 schools competing, the event is one of the largest high school tournaments in the country.

The Dragons next event is scheduled for Nov. 30- Dec. 1 at the University of Texas for the Texas Forensic Association competition.

Awards Abound For Dragon Forensics

The forensics team spent their weekend at The Hockaday School bringing home more awards.

Congratulations goes to the following students for their hard work:

  • Anthony Munson – Top Speaker in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Top 8
  • Michael Kohm – Top 16 in Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Arvind Venkataraman – 1st in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Megan Schippmann – 1st in Congressional Debate and 2nd in International Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Kevin O’Brien – 23d in Congressional Debate and 2nd in International Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Nate Pisik – 2nd in Congressional Debate
  • Daniella Cohen – 9th in Congressional Debate
  • Nick Lowrimore – 8th in Congressional Debate
  • Tim Dominguez – 10th in Congressional Debate
  • Lydia Francis – 2nd in Original Oratory
  • Sean Armas and Natalie Miano – 2nd in Duet Acting
  • Sean Armas and Jake Pannell – 2nd in Duo Interpretation

Linda Forbes is the Debate Team sponsor. To read more about the team’s winning season, visit other stories posted to by clicking here. You can also find more information about the team and upcoming competitions on the Dragon Debate website.

Dragons Take Sweepstakes At Longhorn Event

1070 entries from 52 schools participated in the University of Texas Longhorn Classic in Austin held the weekend of Dec. 3-4. Carroll ISD forensics team was a winner of the overall sweepstakes division, winning a coveted pair of longhorns to hang in the team’s debate room.

Senior, Arvind Venkatarman was named the top individual competitor in the entire tournament and Senior, Paul Samuel won the tournament in Congressional Debate.  Out of more than 150 entries, Senior, Sean Armas placed 2nd in dramatic interpretation. Each extemporaneous competitor, Junior, Nick Lowrimore, Sophomore, Kevin O’Brien, and Seniors Tim Dominguez and ArvindVenkataraman received bids to the Tournament of Champions at Northwestern University. Arvind finished 2nd in foreign extemporaneous speaking and Tim finished 8th. In U.S. extemporaneousArvind finished 5th and Tim finished 3rd. In impromptu speaking, Arvind finished 2nd.

In Congressional Debate all 3 members received bids to the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky and Placing 1st was SEnior, Paul Samuel, 2nd Senior Nate Pisik and 6th went to Sophomore, Will Cook.

In Lincoln-Douglas Debate Freshman, Anthony Munson advanced to the elimination rounds in the Junior Varsity Division and Junior, Yashis Singri advanced to the elimination rounds in Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate.

A couple of other students attended a tournament at South Garland High School, and Sophomore, Daniella Cohen placed 1st in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking and 4th in Congressional Debate. Sophomore, Ali Prasla, finished 8th in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking and was a Congressional Debate finalist.