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Comeaux Speech and Debate team wins big at national tournament

Posted: 4:22 PM, May 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-29 17:22:04-04

Over the weekend, the Comeaux High School speech and debate team came home with several awards from a national speech tournament in Washington, DC. 

Comeaux, along with teams from 1,000 schools from across the country, competed at the 2018 National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand National Speech Tournament in Washington, D.C.

The Lafayette Parish School System says that Comeaux High qualified 21 of their competitors, more than any other school in the state, competing against approximately 3,000 students. Each of the 10 Speech and Debate Competition events starts with about 250 students. Comeaux Speech results are as follows.

Making it to Octo Finals (Top 48 students in event)

  • Duo Interpretation—Amiah Richardson & Taylor Mier
  • Declamation—Jazmin Rodriguez

Making it to Quarterfinals (Top 24 students in event)

  • Dramatic Performance—Paige Allbright

Making it to Semifinals (Top 12 students in event)

  • Declamation—Presley Nutter
  • Dramatic Performance—Jack Gossen

??Making it to Finals (top 6 students in event) and placing

  • In Prose/Poetry Colby Camp—5th Place,
  • Emily Guidry—4th Place
  • Anthony Rodriguez—National Champion

In Duo Interpretation, Rashon Leday & Jacob Foster, earned a National Champions title. 

As National Champions Anthony Rodriguez (a junior) and Jacob Foster and Roahon Leday (both sophomores) beat out over 2,500 of the best speech and debate students from across the country, according to a release.

Comeaux High School was awarded the Speech School of Excellence Sweepstakes Award, which is given to the top 5 Speech Schools out of the over 1,000, and once again Comeaux was ranked 1st in Speech in the Country for the 2018 NCFL National Tournament.