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Comeaux grabs top prizes at national speech and debate contest

Posted at 8:59 AM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 10:39:59-04

The Comeaux High Speech & Debate Team took home several top prizes at this weekend’s NCFL Grand National Speech and Debate Tournament. Comeaux-Speech-5-27

Coach Jacob Simon says that Comeaux students competed for top honors against 2,800 students representing 800 schools from across the country. The tournaments eleven events begin with over 250 competitors.

Simon says that Comeaux High received the Directors Award of Excellence Speech Sweepstakes and is the #1 ranked Speech Team for the 3rd year in a row at the NCFL Grand National Tournament.

The national tournament was held May 25 and 26 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Comeaux’s results for Grand Nationals are as follows:

Reaching the Octo-Final Round (top 48 in an event):
Tori Lalonde in Dramatic Performance

Reaching the Quarter-Final Round (top 24 in event): 
Amiah Richardson in Declamation

Reaching the Semi-Final Round (top 12 in event):
Jamie Jones in Original Oratory and Damari Padilla in Declamation


Reaching the Final Round (top 6 in the country in the event) and Placing:

In Declamation: Del Gonzales- 3rd Place

In Duo Interpretation: Emily Guidry & Taylor Mier-6th Place,  Jazmin & Anthony Rodriguez- 5th Place,  Rashon Leday & Jacob Foster – 2nd Place

In Oral Interpretation: Joshua Moton- NATIONAL CHAMPION!!!!