Royse City High School students Joy Martindale, Sydney Morman and John Bragg will compete this week in the University Interscholastic League District 9-3A state academic meet in Austin.

They, along with numerous other RCHS students, competed in the recent regional UIL competition.

Joy Martindale took third place in ready writing and is very excited to be able to participate in a state writing event.

“I’m ecstatic. Whenever I found out that I was advancing to state I actually cried. It means a lot to me because writing is kind of my forte.

“It’s an outlet for my thoughts and opinions and to let the world know my voice,” Martindale said last week.

She will have two hours to complete an essay from a particular passage at the state event, which is her first time to compete in state.

RCHS senior Bragg placed first in informative speaking event, and RCHS senior speech and debate student Stephen Lake placed seventh in the event.

He is also excited to be able to compete at state, where he will try to pick out the most intriguing, factual information from a series of topics from news articles and other sources of information. He has 30 minutes to research a topic and compile his thoughts.

“I’ve never been to state before. I qualified as an alternate in the cross examination debate for the state competition. I think this will help me prepare for my future,” Bragg said.

RCHS junior speech and debate and cross examination team member Sydney Morman placed first in the persuasive speaking event.

This will be Morman’s second time to compete at a state speaking event this school year. She competed in the District 9-3A state cross examination event earlier this year.

“It’s pretty cool because I’ve already experienced it before in a different aspect but this time it’s going to be totally different. It’s going to be really amazing,” she said. “Our skills aren’t the only thing that got us here.

“It’s the support from our school and our teachers, and the people who help the program are what got us there,” Morman added.

Persuasive speaking students try to persuade the judges to believe their point or case, and they have 30 minutes to research at leave five topics.

Her fellow cross examination team member junior Lucas Buckles took fifth place in the same event.

"These students have worked extremely hard this year and their hard work and dedication paid off at the regional tournament. I could not ask for a more talented group of students.

“They continue to make the Royse City High School speech and debate team a competitive and respected team. I could not be more proud of their accomplishments," said RCHS UIL Coordinator Jana Summers.

Sophomore Lindzi Shanks took eighth place in the poetry interpretation event.

Sophomore Brittany Miller placed in the quarter finals in the Lincoln Douglas debate.

Chris Irby took seventh place in editorial writing

Ricky Flinn took seventh place in feature writing and eighth place in headline writing.

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