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.