On Jan. 28, the Speech and Debate team went to the District Nationals Qualifying Tournament that was held at Riverside High School. In order for the students to advance to nationals, they had to place first in their event. Juniors Ryan James Solis, Leonardo Moraveg, Jacob Tullius, and Christopher Hulburt qualified for nationals in their respective events.
Solis took first place in Student Congress, Moraveg and Hulburt won first place as a team for Public Forum Debate, and Tullius took first in Program Oral Interpretation. Nationals are going to be at the end of June in Birmingham, AL.
Hulburt said that he was looking forward to competing against different people.
"We get to meet new people from all over so there will be a lot of diverse people and a different atmosphere," Hulburt said.
Tullius said that everyone has worked hard to get to nationals, but that the intensity of a national competition makes practice more necessary than ever.
"It is a bit overwhelming, but the work we all put in has taken us far," Tullius said
Moraveg said that the hard work he and his partner have put in is finally paying off.
"We had some obstacles to overcome, but we have pulled through it and are ready for this year," Moraveg said. "Through the elimination system we had to overcome the obstacles presented to us, but we overcame them and qualified for nationals."
Solis said that he is prepared to face the competition and is optimistic that the speech and debate team will do well.
"It is one of the greatest things; it is a really awesome experience every time I go because I learn a lot," Solis said. "It's a great experience, I'm looking forward to the competition and performing competitively. We are all looking at it with great enthusiasm."
The qualifying students from the speech and debate team are prepared to go to Nationals in June.