The Central Texas College (CTC) Speech and Debate Team was crowned champions of the junior college division and finished fourth overall at the Gateway Invitational tournament held at Webster University in St. Louis, MO the first week of December. CTC competed against 21 four-year schools and defeated 11 other community colleges for the title. CTC’s fourth place overall standing was behind Ball State University, Illinois State University and the University of Missouri.

Individual honors were earned by Devyn Carte, sophomore, and Ethan Colvin-Jenkins, freshman, who placed fourth in Team Debate. Carter was also awarded third place speaker honors out of a pool of 96 individual competitors. The duo of freshmen Elena Romero and Zack Wahlgren placed ninth in Team Debate with Romero placing 12th in the overall speaker standings. Freshman Brianna Esquierdo placed third in Communication Analysis and fellow freshman Kayla Robertson-Jones was fourth in Poetry and fifth in duet acting with sophomore Catt Victory. Sophomore Robert Borntrager took fifth place in Extemporaneous Speaking and finished fourth in Impromptu Speaking - both categories featured more than 100 competitors.

The CTC Speech and Debate team is now preparing for the state championships to be held at Rice University in Houston on January 25. Following the state tournament, CTC will then travel to the University of Michigan to participate in the national championships during spring break.

Pictured (left to right) are CTC Sppech Team members Robert Borntrager, Zach Wahlgren, Ashley Major, Devyn Carter, Elena Romero, Katherine Schultz, Lesslie Valladeres, Briana Iqueirdo, Catt Victory, Kayla Robertson-Jones, Ethan Colvin-Jenkins and Lexi Fluent-Carpenter.