In the middle of April, nine members of Concordia’s Speech & Debate Team as well as a few members of the Academic Team competed in Waco for the 2023 TAPPS 6A State Championships for Academics, Speech, and Debate.
At the state competition, Concordia finished with 61.5 points overall to place 6th overall out of 13 schools. The Crusaders finished in 9th place in the Academics section but the team closed the competition by finishing in 2nd place in the Speech & Debate section. The 6th place finish earned 2 points toward the 22-23 TAPPS 6A Henderson Cup total and helped Concordia secure a Fine Arts State Championship with 36 points from various state Fine Arts events.
At the TAPPS State Academic, Speech, and Debate competition, there are 12 different academic events and 7 speech/debate events. The academic events include: Number Sense, Calculator, Science, Math, Social Studies, Adv. Math, Literary Criticism, Current Events, Spanish, Ready Writing, Spelling, and Yearbook. The speech/debate events include: Lincoln/Douglas Debate, Persuasive Speaking, Original Oratory, Solo Acting, Duet Acting, Prose, and Poetry.
Individually, several Crusader had very strong showings at the State competition:
Additional Speech and Debate Honors:
Earlier this year, Ray Reese ’23 was the East Texas NSDA District Champion in Humorous Interpretation. This win qualified him for the National Speech Debate Association (NSDA) Tournament in Mesa, Arizona, on June 12-16 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Reese is the first student from Concordia to compete at this level and achieve this honor and is one of over 6,000 competitors from 2,000 schools participating in this special tournament event. We wish Ray well in this special opportunity!
Concordia’s Speech and Debate Coach, Mrs. Debbie Waddell, earned special recognition for her years of coaching from the NSDA, as she was honored as a Fourth Diamond Coach. Diamond Awards reflect excellence and longevity in the activity of Speech and Debate. A coach’s first diamond is earned when they receive 15,000 points since achieving the degree of merit (25 points). Five years must pass and 15,000 points must be earned to receive a second diamond. An additional 30,000 points must be earned and five years must pass for each additional diamond. This requires many years of dedicated service to coaching Speech and Debate and we are thankful for Mrs. Waddell and are honored to have her as part of our team!
To learn more about Fine Arts at Concordia, visit www.SaderNationTX.com/finearts