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  • 26 Mar 2020 6:51 PM | Rachel Mauchline (Administrator)

    At the conclusion of the tournament season, it's a time for recognition for the hard work and dedication that is invested throughout the year. With that, it's incredibly exciting that our own ACTAA President, Rosie Valdez Block from Little Rock Central, is this year's National Debate Coaches Association's Educator of the Year. This award is presented to an educator that truly utilizes debate as a platform to provide educational opportunities for students throughout the community. Congratulations Rosie Valdez-Block for her recognition and the success of her team this year!

  • 25 Sep 2019 11:39 AM | Rachel Mauchline (Administrator)

    We've had quite the start to the season as Arkansas Schools attend the Yale Invitational, Greenhill, and Washburn Rural. And with these season openers, we've seen many of our ACTAA students be successful on the national level. 

    At Greenhill, Little Rock Central Sakshi Garg and Valorie Lam advanced to Quarterfinals and got their 2nd Tournament of Champions Bid! This is incredibly impressive to be fully qualified already at this time of the year. 

    At Washburn Rural, Little Rock Central's Nicole Dorris and Joelle Fahoum advanced to Quarter Finals in Varsity Policy. Little Rock Central's Joe Rhee and Abdullah Ahmed and Little Rock Central's Adi Kombathula and Aryan Gaddi advanced to Octo Finals in Varsity Policy. Bentonville West's Muskaan Arshad received 4th Place Speaker in Novice Policy. 

    This weekend we begin our in state competition with the Sheridan tournament followed by the Bentonville tournament! Looking forward to seeing how our state showcases our talents this year!

  • 11 Sep 2019 9:27 AM | Rachel Mauchline (Administrator)

    Massive Congratulations to Little Rock Central's Sakshi Garg and Valorie Lam for advancing to semi-finals and receiving their first bid of the season at the UK Season Opener in Lexington, Kentucky!  Congratulations also to their coaching staff: Rosie Valdez Block, Chris Flowers, and Colton Gilbert. Looking forward to hearing the success as more teams open their seasons over the next few weeks!

  • 21 Jul 2019 1:15 AM | Tiffany Tucker (Administrator)

    Arkansas was represented in many out-rounds at the National Speech and Debate Associations National tournament in Dallas Texas. Angela Lovelace or Jonesboro advanced into round 3 in prose. Roestta Cao of  Bentonville was the 8th place Speaker in Worlds School Debate.  Bentonville's Arkansas Blue and Harber's Arkansas Red advanced into the top 64 in World's School Debate.  Lara Adigun of Jonesboro in Oratory, and Collin Mills of  Bentonville in Dramatic Interpertation made in to the top 60 in their events. CJ Parrish of Harber in Extemp, and Priya Thelapurath of Bentonville West in Informative Speaking made it to the top 30 in their events. Congressional debater Alex Martin of Episcopal Collegiate became the first Arkansas competitor to advance to a finals round.

    Other  Arkansas firsts achieved at National Speech & Debate Tournament this week. Storyteller Katie Minge of Cabot Junior High South became the first Arkansas junior high competitor to advance to an elimination round at a national tournament in a main event. Also, Jocelyn Vega of Cabot Junior High North became the first Arkansas junior high competitor to advance to a semifinals round at a national tournament in the supplemental event of informative speaking. Vega finished in the top 13 out of 44 competitors, while Minge finished in the top 30 out of 102 competitors from across the nation.

Arkansas Communication and Theatre Arts Association is a non-profit professional organization serving educators of Oral Communication, Debate, Forensics, Theatre Arts, and Dance in Arkansas.

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