June 1, 2017
Cypress Falls seniorDinah Chukwu placed sixth in poetry interpretation at the UIL Class 6A academic state meet for speech and debate on May 22-23. “She is an exceptional speaker and her finals piece highlighted the controversial struggles of immigrants dreaming to come to the US,” Cypress Falls High School debate coach Debbie Waddell.
June 1, 2017—Two CFISD students placed in the top six at the UIL Class 6A academic state meet for speech and debate held at the University of Texas at Austin on May 22-23.
Cypress Falls High School senior Dinah Chukwu placed sixth in poetry interpretation.
“In poetry interpretation, students present seven-minute selections of literature they have chosen appropriate to the genre that align with thematic categories assigned by the UIL. This year, students performed pieces that examined a social change in society and that took a stand on a specific issue,” said CFISD humanities curriculum coach Stacy McGee.
Cypress Creek High School senior Daniel Lehman placed third in the informative speaking competition.
Cypress Creek senior Daniel Lehman placed third in informative speaking at the UIL Class 6A academic state meet for speech and debate on May 22-23. “Danny has mastered the art of rhetoric and carefully crafts every speech to contain logical, critical and data driven arguments that can appeal to any listener,” said Cypress Creek High School debate coach Dustin Kay.
“In informative speaking, students must be well-educated on current events as they do not know the topics they will speak on until the time of the competition. Competitors draw a subject on domestic or foreign affairs at the meet and have 30 minutes to prepare a seven-minute speech based on their prior knowledge and broad research,” said McGee.
The students were coached by Cypress Creek High School social studies teacher and debate coach Dustin Kay and Cypress Falls High School theatre teacher and debate coach Debbie Waddell. Both Chukwu and Lehman will compete this summer at the National Speech and Debate tournament in Birmingham June 18-23.