Three Big Spring High School Speech and Debate team members are Indianapolis bound this summer.
Shermila Kher and the team of Caleb Gonzales and Seth Trevino qualified for the National Forensic League National Tournament at the Tall Cotton District National Qualifying Tournament held this past weekend on the campuses of Howard College and Big Spring High School.
“This is my third time to qualify for Nationals,” Kher said, “and each time, I have qualified in a different event. I really want to do well with this year being my last.”
Kher, a past qualifier in Public Forum Debate and Lincoln Douglas Debate, qualified in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking.
According to Speech and Debate Coach Jennifer Adams; Kher was also named the Tall Cotton District Student of the Year. This is an honor voted on by an outside source and is based on the merit and quality of the students who are nominated. This is the second year in a row a student from Big Spring High School has earned the honor.
Joining Kher at the National Speech Tournament are fellow seniors Gonzales and Trevino, who qualified in cross-examination debate.
“I feel like I have learned a lot. I never dreamed when I was a freshman that I would have an opportunity to go to Indy and represent Big Spring High School.” Gonzales said.
“And, to be able to do it with my best friend is a plus,” Trevino added.
This first-time team also qualified for the University Interscholastic League Cross-Examination State Meet in March.
The Tall Cotton District of the National Forensic League is one of the largest size wise in the nation; Ranging from Rising Star in the east to Monahans in the west and from San Angelo in the south to Dumas in the north. Also, the district has member schools that range in size from the smallest of 1A schools to giant 5A schools, private and public.
The National Forensic League National Tournament is held every year at different locations in early June. Member students must qualify to be able to attend.