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MELISSA —Six students from McKinney North High School advanced to the National Forensic League’s national speech and debate tournament in five events after their performance Feb. 14-16 at the LBJ District’s National Qualifying Tournament at Melissa High School. The students are scheduled to compete at the national event June 16-21 in Birmingham, Ala.
McKinney North students qualifying for the national tournament include senior Caleb Orr (Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking), senior Austin Kendzie (Student Congress Debate), junior Baxter Pitt (Humorous Interpretation), sophomore Alexandra Curren and junior Ramzi Kelly (Duo Interpretation), and sophomore Micah Ammons (Dramatic Interpretation). In addition, sophomore Zachary Phillips qualified for the round of 16 in Lincoln-Douglas debate and Orr, senior John
Molera and senior Anthony Ricciardi advanced to the Super Congress at the LBJ meet.
“This is a huge success for these students and an incredible honor to be selected among some of the best speech debate competitors such as Highland Park and Richardson,” said Kris Hall, MNHS speech and debate coach. “It was all about quality this weekend as the team had to against programs that are very large and have been on the national circuit for years.”