Speech & Debate competes at UT Austin

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Speech and Debate students traveled to Austin, Texas on their first trip and in-person tournament in nearly two years. Public forum (two vs. two debate) and Lincoln-Douglas (ideological debate) debate competitors met at Fort Lauderdale airport and flew out Thursday, Dec. 2, while speech and congressional debate competitors left  Friday, Dec. 3. (Photos/Anya Pinto and Oliver Laczko)

After they landed, speech and congress students spent the afternoon in South Congress, a neighborhood in the heart of Austin. The artistic district is filled with color — murals, stickers and graffiti. (Photos/Mr. Ryan Levesque and Anya Pinto)

Speech students ate Mexican food for lunch and walked around the area, enjoying the stores, architecture, signs, cowboy hats and even the dogs. (Photos/Esther Oyetunji, Anya Pinto and Ayla Ramazanova)

Speech competitors met with debaters at the Moxy hotel, admiring the holiday-themed decorations and playing with the giant Jenga game. (Photos/Anya Pinto)

Students practiced and competed on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. (Photos/Anya Pinto, Ayla Ramazanova and Esther Oyetunji)

After a productive weekend of competition, the team members and coaches celebrated their victories. AHS placed third overall in all events (“sweepstakes”), with Esther Oyetunji winning in Original Oratory, Abigail Canalejo winning in Program Oral Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation, Oliver Laczko winning in Humorous Interpretation and Jaimee Canalejo winning in Humorous Interpretation. (Photos/Oliver Laczko, Mr. Ryan Levesque and Mr. Joele Denis)

The night that the tournament was over, the team enjoyed some Texas barbecue and explored the city of Austin some more. They returned to Fort Lauderdale Monday, Dec. 6. (Photos/Anya Pinto and Oliver Laczko)

Anya Pinto, a sophomore at American Heritage School, is entering her first year as a writer for the Patriot Post. Music has always been closest to Anya’s heart. She loves to sing and play the piano, the ukulele and the guitar. Besides Newspaper and academics, Anya created the Current Events Club at Heritage and is involved in several other activities such as Speech & Debate, Mock Trial, Model UN, Student Government and swimming. She enjoys volunteering with organizations such as Best Buddies and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Two years ago, Anya moved to Florida from India. She is passionate about feminism, anti-racism, climate change and battling cultural stigmas. Anya looks forward to being part of iPatriotPost.

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