The Dripping Springs High School UIL C-X Debate team claimed first and second place at the District 26- 5A UIL Tournament on Jan. 24.
The team of Christopher Gearing and Riley Wheaton took first place and went undefeated at the tournament. Gearing was honored with the distinction of “Top Speaker” based on his successful performance. The team of Katy Reeves and Christian Pundt, which took second place, were undefeated until the final round. Both teams were the top seeds in the bracket coming out of preliminary rounds.
In CX, or policy, Debate, students debate with a partner on one topic for the whole school year. The topic this year is “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China. “
Both DSHS teams will advance to the UIL State CX Debate Tournament at the University of Texas in March.
Students Qualify for State HOSA Competition
Several Dripping Springs High School students recently competed among 1,300 students at the Central Texas Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) event in San Antonio and five students qualified for state competition.
DSHS state qualifiers were Emily Argento-Bird and Liliana Reyes, who placed second in Forensic Medicine, along with Lisa Deya, who was third in Clinical Nursing.
Elaina Erickson and Avery Herron finished third in Health Education.
Mariam Ahmed (Clinical Specialty) and Sydney Campbell (Physical Therapy) both placed fifth and are alternates to state competition.
Also placing in their categories were Katherine Montgomery, who was sixth in Extemporaneous Heal Poster and Julia Lopez, who finished 12th in Medical Photography.
HOSA is an international organization in which secondary and post secondary students compete in medical and health related knowledge and skills events.
The state event will be held March 31-April 2 in Corpus Christi.