Speech and Debate Team Qualifies for Nationals


Laura Nicolescu, Co-Editor-In-Chief

The Titan Speech, Debate and Interp Team competed last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at LoveJoy High School for the National Speech and Debate Association District Tournament.  Students competed for the coveted top two spots for each event to qualify for the National team that will represent Texas in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. this summer.  

This year, Centennial will be sending seven qualifiers. Centennial will have the most students from our district representing Texas on the National level. Some students were also selected as alternates and may get a chance to compete as well. 

 Centennial also took Congress Sweepstakes for the second year in a row, Speech Sweepstakes, and Overall Sweepstakes. 

National Qualifiers

Gary Frankel– Domestic Extemp (He also placed first in Congress but is only allowed to compete in one event at Nationals) 

Peter Chung– Congressional Debate

Brian Lee- Foreign Extemp

Hamza Suhail (10th grade)- Domestic Extemp

Noor Al-Shalash– Informative Speaking

Audrika Masud– Oratory

Shilpika Pandey– Oratory


Peter Chung & Christian Lewis– Public Forum Debate

Nidhi Sonwalkar debated nine rounds of Big Question Debate and is an alternate as a 9th grader!

Be sure to congratulate these students!