Dobie's speech and debate team (pictured below) won another sweepstakes trophy recently, this time at the Kingwood Tournament.
The Longhorns finished second in the team rankings behind a late surge. Keys to the rally were Brian To, whose quarter-finalS appearance placed him fifth in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Noah Escamilla and Ben Salazar, third-place semifinalists in Public Forum Debate; and the Novice Public Forum Debate Team of Patrick Sears and Roger Lizama, who placed second.
Of the five tournaments Dobie has participated in so far, the Longhorns have captured three sweepstakes prizes.
Other Dobie highlights inclulded the Duo Interpretation Team of Jekale Williams and Maurice Robinson, whose second place finish earned them a berth in the state tournament in March. The same pair placed second in Duet Acting, just ahead of fellow Longhorns Charly Rodriguez and Reese Selman.
Three of the finalists in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking were Dobie students. Allison Hall placed first, Patrick Sears fifth and Mai Thao Nguyen sixth.
Christopher Nickelson placed seventh in Humorous Interpretation and reached the semifinals in Congressional Debate. Aidee Alfaro's superior performance in Novice Poetry earned her a first-place finish.
Khan Pham and Brian To were undefeated in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate. In Original Oratory, Clyde Blackwell advanced to the sem finals, as did Reese Selman in Dramatic Interpretation and Daisy Dinh in Poetry Interpretation.