Sophomore Madeline Belknap was in the top 36 quarterfinalists in Informative Speaking at last weekend's Texas Forensic Association State Speech tournament held at Alief Taylor High School in Houston.
The three day tournament features the best of the state's speakers and debaters who have earned twelve or more state points through their wins during the regular tournament season. Her informative speech, "The Power of the Pen" explores the lost art of writing and uses beautiful visual aids to give extra emphasis to the carefully crafted talk. Thanks goes to coaches Abby Boerger and Gerri Colvin and parents Camree and Dean Belknap for judging and arrangements for the tournament competition. Madeline will be competing at the TAPPS State Tournament in April with team members Elizabeth Branch, Daniel Mankarious, and Thomas Sorensen in various speaking and acting events.