The Hanks Speech and Debate team competed in their second competition of the year on Oct. 28, 2017 at Chapin High School with teams from schools around the city.
They participated in dramatic interpretation, humorous interpretation, duet acting, and extemporaneous speaking.
"I am extremely proud of my team," said vice president, Lauren Saenz. "They have been putting in so much effort these past two months. Many of our members advanced past the first round, even the first year competitors."
Each competitor is needed to have at least 12 points in order to qualify for state. The following knights have earned points that will transfer in efforts to take the team to San Antonio for this year's state competition:
Sean Whittington: 3rd place, dramatic interpretation, 1 state point
Brittany Riley: 6th place, dramatic interpretation, 3 state points
Darian Escorza and Amaris Anchondo: 2nd place, duet acting, 4 state points
Vanesa Gardea, the sponsor of the program, has high hopes and expectations for her teams performance this upcoming year.
"Last year, my team was about 12 or 13 students," said Gardea. "But now that word has gotten out about speech and debate, I am starting this year with a team of around 35 extremely diverse children."
The entire team has been working extremely hard since the beginning of the year to make the program widely known throughout the school by winning as many competitions as possible. This past competition shows how determined and eager they are to make a name for themselves.
The team competes next weekend at Del Valle on Nov. 18 to gain more points that will put them on track to advance to the state competition.