The Speech/Debate Organization of Spring Woods High School is a very competitive program which competes locally, across Texas and nationally. Victoria Beard has been the director of Forensics for 11 years. Harry Yu is the assistant director and was a Tiger Debater as well! Tiger Debate is ranked 7th in the State for the most state qualifications (Texas Forensic Association 2016) and has been a top ten school for the past 4 years. Our team has competed at Harvard's Debate Tournament and has had finalists there as well. At the Tournament of Champions, Waaris Mohammad placed 12th in the nation in Congressional Debate. He also placed 5th in the nation in Congressional Debate at Nationals of the National Forensic League. Avery Reinhart placed 10th in the nation as well as Christian Rice placed 17th in the nation. Christian Rice placed 1st at UIL State in Persuasive Speaking. Travis Boyd placed 2nd in UIL Congressional Debate (2015) and Christine Vo placed 2nd (2016). Christine Vo placed 2nd in Persuasive Speaking for 2 consecutive years (UIL State) and Jeremiah Menslage placed 4th (UIL State). This past summer Spring Woods' Speech/Debate team celebrated its 14th year competing at the National tournament (held in Salt Lake City, UT) of the National Forensic League. For the past 2 years, SWHS was also ranked one of the top 20 schools in the country too (School of Excellence Award and School of Honor) of the National Forensic League. In 2016, Spring Woods earned the Region 4 Award for the most wins at the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament as well as earning 7th place (out of 212 schools) for the most wins. Travis Boyd placed 2nd (TFA State), and advanced to top 20 in Congressional Debate. Jeremiah Menslage also placed in the top 20 in Congressional Debate (TFA State), Kris McDermott advanced to top 25 in Dramatic Interpretation (TFA State) and Carlos Diaz and Angel Ramirez placed 1st and are the 2016 Duo Interpretation CHAMPIONS! (TFA State). Carlos and Angel placed 1st in DUO INTERP and are the DUO CHAMPIONS at the Tournament of Champions in Lexington, KY & advanced to Top 60 in the nation at the National Forensic League's National Tournament. Also, at NFL Nats, Travis Boyd placed 15th in Congressional Debate and Christine Vo was selected as one of the 6 Student of the Year finalists from across the country to represent the National Forensic Association. This past August, at the 1st tournament of the season, Jeremiah Menslage qualified for the TFA State Tournament in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking!
GO TIGER SPEECH AND DEBATE!
For more information about joining our organization, please drop by room 131!!