Eisenhower, Aldine Students Selected to UIL Speech and Debate High School Honor Crew

Eisenhower, Aldine Students Selected to UIL Speech and Debate High School Honor Crew
Posted on 08/28/2015
UIL Speech and Debate

Eisenhower, Aldine Students Selected to UIL Speech and Debate High School Honor Crew


Edwin Rebollar, Jenny Hwang, Asza Enoch and Yarely Guerra pose (l-r) at the state meet.


Students from middle schools and high schools can take part in Speech and Debate. The club sharpens their reasoning and debating skills.

A total of four students from Eisenhower High School and Aldine High School attended the State UIL Speech and Debate Meet. The competition took place May 25-27 in Austin.

Edwin Rebollar and Jenny Hwang represented Aldine High School.  Yarely Guerra and Asza Enochrepresented Eisenhower High School. They headed to the meet where they served as part of the State Speech and Debate High School Student Honor Crew. Members of the Honor Crew serve as volunteers during the speech and debate contests. According to the UIL website, the Honor Crew recognizes outstanding speech students who aren’t already involved in the state meet. Only 54 students from the entire state form part of the Honor Crew.

Yarely Guerra was elected chairperson of the Poetry High School Student Honor Crew.

This is the second year that Asza and Yarely attended the state meet. Asza earned an invitation to state after placing fourth at the regional meet in poetry. Both students formed part of the 2015 Class of Eisenhower High School.

The National Forensic League lists many of the advantages to joining speech and debate. Students who take part in speech and debate have stronger critical thinking skills. They also tend to have better grades on standardized tests. Speech and debate also has a higher rate of people who graduate.

Like athletic sports, speech and debate activities are challenging and competitive in nature. They require regular practice, coaching, dedication, and hard work. Each event in speech and debate features a different form of public speaking and requires a unique skill set and talent.

Angela Ford-Robinson coached the Ike team. Maria Starling and Walter Lane coached the Aldine High team. Starling serves as the speech and debate coach and Lane is the theater arts teacher at their campus. All three educators attended the meet to support their students.

In speech and debate there is a lot of teamwork and preparation,” said Ford-Robinson. “Not only must they prepare to speak, but they also need to prepare themselves mentally. They have to be clever and must think fast on their feet. Everyone goes in wanting to win. But this is also fun. The students learn many valuable skills in speech and debate.

Both Aldine HS and Eisenhower HS have made U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools in the U.S. rankings. Eisenhower is also an International Baccalaureate World School.