On May 16-23, STOA Speech & Debate hosted the National Invitational Tournament of Champions at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.  This year’s nationals hosted 600 students from 29 states.  ACTION speech & debate from New Braunfels, took a team of almost a dozen students.  The ACTION team had a strong week of competition as noted in the results below.  With the Dallas Team placing 4th,  Texas teams were 50% of the top six teams!

In addition, MelRae Ambs, a Texas homeschool Mom,  was elected to the national board of STOA USA.

Team Policy Debate:

Ellie Ambs/Miliano Mikol – advanced through quarter finals, and placed 6th in the nation (out of 129 teams)

Lincoln Gillette/Lucie Gillette – advanced through quarter finals, and placed 5th in the nation

 

Ellie Ambs  competed in two debate events (team policy and parliamentary), plus five speech events.  She advanced to quarter finals in all five speeches, and all the way to finals in two of the speeches.

Apologetics – quarterfinalist

Broadcasting – 4th out of 131

Extemp – quarterfinalist

Motivational – quarterfinalist

Persuasive – 3rd out of 64

Overall, Ellie finished the year in the top 2% across the nation.  She finished 4th in Texas out of 253.

 

Lincoln Gillette – competed in two debate events (team policy and parliamentary), plus three speech events.

Expository – 6th out of 43 He was also 4th in Texas for the year!

Extemp – quarterfinalist

Persuasive – quarterfinalist

Overall, Lincoln finished the year in the top 3% across the nation, and 8th in Texas out of 253.

 

Lucie Gillette competed in two debate events (team policy and parliamentary), plus five speech events.  Advanced to finals in three events.  She also earned three picket fences at nationals.

Broadcasting – semifinalist

Expository – 5th out of 43 (1st in Texas, 6th in the nation for the year)

Motivational – 4th out of 52 (1st in Texas, 5th in the nation for the year)

Original Oratory – 2nd out of 108 (1st in Texas, 1st in the nation for the year)

Overall, Lucie finished the year as 9th out of 2091 students across the nation.  She finished 1st in Texas out of 253.

 

Miliano Mikol  competed in two debate events (team policy and parliamentary), plus four speech events.  He advanced to quarter finals in apologetics.

Apologetics – quarterfinalist

Overall, Miliano finished the year in the top 3% in the nation, and as 7th in Texas out of 253.

 

Will O’Brien  competed in two debate events (Lincoln Douglas and parliamentary), plus three speech events.

Duo Interp– 7th out of 50 (2nd in Texas, 14th in the nation for the year)

Persuasive – quarterfinalist

 

Kara Peterson  competed in parliamentary debate plus four speech events.

Duo Interp– 7th out of 50 (2nd in Texas, 14th in the nation for the year)

 

ACTION had four of the top ten Texas students this year.

Rank Name State Debate Club Speech Club Points Verified
Points
1st Lucie Gillette TX ACTION ACTION 502.012 502.012
4th Ellie Ambs TX ACTION ACTION 250.142 250.142
7th Miliano Mikol TX ACTION ACTION 226.674 226.674
8th Lincoln Gillette TX ACTION ACTION 193.605 193.605

 

STOA USA

ACTION Speech & Debate (New Braunfels)

 

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Lucie Gillette, Lincoln Gillette, Miliano Mikol, Ellie Ambs

Lucie Gillette, Lincoln Gillette, Miliano Mikol, Ellie Ambs

Leinani Mikol, Miliano Mikol, Ellie Ambs, MelRae Ambs

Leinani Mikol, Miliano Mikol, Ellie Ambs, MelRae Ambs

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