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FBISD students compete at National Speech and Debate Tournament (6/25/2020)

Elkins program celebrates 20 years


FORT BEND ISD (June 25, 2020) - Fort Bend ISD students competed at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament, held virtually this month. Clements, Dulles, Elkins and Hightower high schools were among the 1,322 schools competing in this year’s tournament. Elkins was recognized during the opening ceremony for its 20 years of participation, including 18 years of service by current coach Bonnie Bonnette.


Clements High School is coached by Renita Johnson. Freshman Akaash Kolluri competed in World Schools Debate, advancing to the top 16 teams of 72; senior Santiago Cantu finished among the top 48 of 190 in the semifinal round of the senate division of the Congressional Debate; sophomore Danish Khan finished among the top 60 of 259 in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking; and juniors Abel John and Abhay Rao advanced to the fourth elimination round in the Public Forum Debate. The Clements team also included sophomore Aizaz Bokhari (U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking), senior Yesh Dhruva and junior Sonia Nihalani (Public Forum Debate), freshman Lawrence Dietlein IV, sophomore Norah Rami and senior Josephine Yau (House division of Congressional Debate).


Dulles High School is coached by Kellyn Burke and the national competing team included junior Abhinav Sinha (Lincoln-Douglas Debate), and juniors Adrienne Li and Ashley Sheng (Policy Debate). 


Elkins High School was represented by sophomore Ayush Manoj (Lincoln-Douglas Debate), and juniors Ajit Shoji, Joshua Thottasseril, Patrick Nwabue and Veronica Nwanna (Duo Interpretation).


Hightower High School is coached by Valentin Jimenez, and was represented by seniors Snehal Kumar and Isabella Gandera (Policy Debate), and juniors Keenan Stanburry II and Ntse-Atswa Wara (Duo Interpretation).