Clements Speech Team Wins Sweepstakes at 2015 TFA State Meet
Tang and Yang State Champions of Public Forum Debate
The Clements Academic Speech Team received the following team awards at the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament held in El Paso March 5 through 7 at Franklin High School: first place—top ten schools for most qualifications, Region 4 Sweepstakes, and sixth place overall sweepstakes of the 209 participating schools.
Clements students earned a total of forty-one qualifications through competition in local tournaments held August through February. Individual speech team members received awards in debate and extemporaneous speaking.
Seniors Austin Tang and Joshua Yang placed first among the 151 qualifying teams in public forum debate and were recognized at the TFA State Breakfast of Champions held at The Doubletree Hotel Sunday, March 8. Fort Bend ISD superintendent, Dr. Charles Dupre, was the guest speaker for the occasion and served as this year’s Superintendent of Schools for TFA. Dr. Tim Martindell, coordinator of English Language Arts, journalism, and speech and debate, was also present at the breakfast, as well as throughout the FBISD group’s stay in El Paso.
Tang and Yang are the second Clements team to bring home the state championship in PF debate. In 2009, the team of Hamsika Chandrasekar and Shreya Balhara won the championship. It was the first year of public forum debate competition at the TFA State Tournament.
Other outstanding competitors in public forum debate include the team of seniors Ishaan Kurji and Uddhav Marwaha, who advanced to the top sixteen, and the team of juniors Alex Mao and Samyukta Singh, who ranked number thirty-five.
For the third consecutive year, senior Rebecca Gelfer competed in the final rounds of Lincoln-Douglas debate. She placed second among the 209 qualifying individuals. Junior Felix Tan advanced to the top sixteen.
In the senate division of congressional debate, senior Riti Santra advanced to the final round of competition and ranked among the top sixteen of the ninety-seven qualifiers.
In extemporaneous speaking, seniors Romic Aevaz and Joshua Yang advanced to the semifinal round in the domestic division (top 18 of 137 qualifiers). Senior Mohammad Asif and junior Samir Rahi advanced to the quarter-final round in the foreign division (top 38 of 135 qualifiers).
Other students who competed at the state tournament include seniors Arpam Dutta, Steven Jiang, Ethan Lau, Alan Lo, Michelle Ming, Matthew Mutammara, Jacob Ruiz, Riya Santra, Arjun Talpallikar and Kevin Zhang; juniors Victor Fu, Grant Lu, Amy Ma, and Alex Mutammara; and sophomores Shayan Ali, Melinda Ding, David Huang, Drew Kaul, Nathan Lee, and Rahim Malik.
Seventy five Fort Bend ISD students attended the TFA State Meet. Of that number, thirty-two are Clements Rangers.
Students who compete in the main events of the TFA State Meet must earn a minimum of twelve points through participation in qualifying competitions. Since a student who earns first place at a tournament receives a maximum of eight points, students must demonstrate that they are able to advance in competition multiple times. The range of points awarded is also dependent on the total number of participants in each event.
Pictured below: Dr. Charles Dupre, Austin Tang, Joshua Yang and Renita Johnson
Kneeling—Alexander Mutammara, Shayan Ali, Arpam Dutta, Drew Kaul, Nathan Lee, and Rahim Malik.
Center—Michelle Ming and Rebecca Gelfer
Middle—Riti Santra, Amy Ma, Samyukta Singh, Samir Rahi, Ishaan Kurji, Steven Jiang, Arjun Talpallikar, Felix Tan, Grant Lu, Mohammad Asif, Melinda Ding, Victor Fu, Romic Aevaz, Riya Santra, Ethan Lau, and Matthew Mutammara.
Back Row—Joshua Yang, Da Huang, Alex Mao, Kevin Zhang, Alan Lo, Uddhav Marwaha, Jacob Ruiz, and Austin Tang.