North Lamar Speech and Debate Heads to Nationals

PARIS, TX -- Three North Lamar High School students qualified for a national competition in Kansas this summer

Members of the school's Speech and Debate team Ryan Conner, Jared Chenevey and Seth Gurley have advanced to compete in the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Kansas City in June.

Conner placed first while Chenevey took second in International Extemporaneous Speaking, which focuses on foreign topics.

Gurley won first in U-S Extemporaneous Speaking, that concentrates on U.S. topics.

Conner also placed second in Congressional Debate.

Others who placed at the district meet were Kelsey Preston – 3rd in Humorous Interpretation (alternate to nationals); the team of Kelsey Preston and Kay Edwards – 6th in Policy Debate; MacKenzie Beckmon – 9th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Seth Gurley – 8th in Congressional Debate; and Jared Chenevey – 9th in Congressional Debate. Advancing to the final rounds of Congress were Kay Edwards, Kelsey Preston, and Jake Chollet.

Coach for North Lamar’s UIL Speech and Debate team is Kristi Hodgkiss.

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