The Dripping Springs High School Speech and Debate Team has an unprecedented 15 students who have qualified to compete at the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament in El Paso March 5-7, 2020. Students earn points toward qualification at TFA-sanctioned invitational tournaments throughout the year. In order to earn points, students have to place among the top students at each tournament. Twelve points must be accumulated to qualify for the state competition.
DSHS students who have qualified for the TFA state tournament, along with their event, are: Eli Craddock, Humorous Interpretation Amanda Davis, World Schools Debate Patrick Englehart, Public Forum Debate and Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking Lizzie Galassini, Congressional Debate Chris Gearing, Policy Debate Daniel Hearne, World Schools Debate Jackson Kaiser, Public Forum Debate and Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking Lily Claire Kroll, Congressional Debate Campbell Melton, Congressional Debate and Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking Chase Menjivar, World Schools Debate John Mihaly, Lincoln-Douglas Debate Katherine Mihaly, Policy Debate Tirth Patel, Public Forum Debate Disha Vazir, Public Forum Debate Riley Wheaton, Original Oratory
In addition to the TFA State Tournament, speech and debate team members have opportunities to qualify for various events of UIL competition. At TFA tournaments, schools of all sizes including private schools compete against each other; at UIL meets, DSHS is matched against other 5A schools only.