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San Antonio, Rio Grande Valley Students Triumph at Texas Star Great Debate

Xochitl Yanez from State Farm Foundation visits the 2016 NHI Texas Star Great Debate program.
Posted: July 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

This year’s Texas Star Great Debate, involving nearly 75 students from Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico, culminated with a finals competition yesterday afternoon at Our Lady of the Lake University, dominated by students from San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley.

Winners included:

Mock – Vanessa Quintero of Lopez High School (Brownsville) and Vanessa Rodriguez of Juan Diego Academy (Rio Grande City), from the Inferno team

CX – Alexia Aguerro of Cotulla HS and Carlene Villarreal of Pearsall HS, from the Raza Unida team

Extemp – Alexander Jimenez of St. Mary’s Hall (San Antonio), from the Monstars team

ORATORY – Guadalupe Abrego of PSJA Memorial High School (Alamo, Texas), from the Monstars team

Second place finishers included:

Mock – Adam Rodriguez of Donna North High School (Donna, Texas) and Adriana Acosta of Clark High School (San Antonio), from the WOF Pack team

CX – Rebecca Ramirez and Gabriel Perez of PSJA Memorial High School (Alamo, Texas), from Team SLAY

EXTEMP – Joshua Loya of La Joya High School (Palmview, Texas), from the Monstars team

ORATORY – Omar Martinez from Martin High School (Laredo), from the Raza Unida team

The event was also notable for a visit from Xochitl Yanez from the State Farm Foundation, instrumental in the corporation’s $20,000 sponsorship of NHI. The donation is going toward funding this year’s Great Debate and Collegiate World Series and Great Debate programs, as well as training some of the leaders overseeing this year’s programs.

“I saw students in complete growth mode during this program,” said NHI executive vice president Nicole Sada, who visited the program with Yanez. “Students who started very shy at the outset became open and extroverted by the end of the six-day program. It was an amazing transformation to see.” Sada also noted that Yanez was impressed by seeing the NHI program in action.

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  • July 4, 2016 at 12:53 pm Ernesto Nieto, President

    The Tx Star Great Debate program has become really popular and will double by next year. San Antonio is a great site for this project and it will likely become a regional site for students from throughout the U.S. Up to now, it’s been restricted to students from small south Texas towns, but as its popularity grows, we will start to see students from other nearby states and northern Mexico, i.e., Monterrey and Torreon. If our S. Texas educational leaders step up, maybe the project will keep its focus on small towns. But with the calls we received this year, it looks like this project will appeal to communities beyond South Texas…ernesto