As the new year begins, we head into the final stretch of qualifying for TFA State, UIL District, Region, State, and NSDA Nationals. A couple of freshmen have been busy over the winter break competing in various tournaments. Joseph Garza has competed at McAllen, Sharyland, and Corpus Christi and has qualified for TFA State in Congress and Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking. He won FX at all three tournaments and won Congress at McAllen and Corpus Christi. He is the first student to double qualify and joins Ashton Rios as state qualifiers so far. Coltrane Drexler is competing again and is getting back on track. He advanced to quarterfinals in DX at Churchill High School and semifinals in DX and Impromptu speaking at Magnolia High School.
On January 19-20, we are competing at McNeil High School. As I write this we have 15 students competing. If any parents can judge over the next month, we could use some help. Please let me know if this is possible. We will be very active until spring break with nearly every weekend taken. UIL practice tournaments are also happening along with TFA qualifying tournaments. The students have the times and dates for the next month so there should be no surprises.
This is the time of year for allergies to ramp up and the flu is wreaking havoc across the state. Rest and healthy living are essential to keeping our immunity defenses up so please take care of yourself.
Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day and my wish is for all of us to remember the powerful messages he died to uphold. Use the day to help those who need it and share your time and love to make our community better.
Peace and happiness always be at your side during this new year.