League City -- Clear Creek ISD debate teams swept the recent UIL District Cross Examination meet held at Brazoswood High School on January 22, 2011. Of the teams competing, two teams from both Clear Brook and Clear Lake High School found themselves named as the top four teams in District 24-5A.
Placing fourth was the team of Kelly Hogg and Eric Stone from Clear Brook High School. They will serve as the second alternate to the state meet to be held at the University of Texas at Austin beginning March 17. Placing third, and serving as the primary alternate, was the Clear Lake team of Romil Patel and Suriya Koothan.
The second place finishing team, and who will be competing at UT is the Clear Lake team of Kiersten Strachan and Albert Yau. Joining Clear Lake High School at the annual State Meet in March will be the Clear Brook High School first place team of Hunter Bodiford and Daniel Hogg.
Clear Lake High School also sent 11 students to the Seven Lakes High School Speech and Debate competition on February 11 and 12. The cross-examination team of Shree Deshpande and Albert Yau advanced to semi finals and placed 3rd overall. They garnered final Texas Forensic Association points necessary to attend the state competition in March at Flower Mound High School. The team of Sina Ghodsi and Akil Udawala advanced to quarter finals in cross-examination debate. Darienne Hartman placed 2nd overall in Poetry Interpretation. She will be representing Clear Lake at the state competition in Poetry.
Over the next several weeks speech and debate students will be traveling to the Harvard Invitational in Cambridge, Mass. and to the National Forensic League district competition at Bellaire High School.