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La Vernia to host state competition

La Vernia to host state competition
Noah Recker, coach of the award-winning La Vernia High School Speech and Debate team, invites support Feb. 8 from the La Vernia Municipal Development District (MDD), as the La Vernia Independent School District prepares to host the Texas Forensic Association’s state competition March 1-3. The MDD approved a $250 donation to help offset hosting costs; donations from area businesses, organizations, and individuals are welcome, Recker said.

By Noah Recker

La Vernia High School

Speech/Debate coach

La Vernia is about to get swarmed with visitors from all over the state of Texas, after being chosen last summer as the host site for the Texas Forensic Association’s speech and debate state tournament, scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3.

What this means for La Vernia is that more than 200 schools and more than 2,000 students -- including 11 from La Vernia -- will compete on all La Vernia Independent School District campuses. It also means local restaurants and businesses should prepare for the influx of people.

We invite area restaurants, organizations, and businesses to supply coupons or other swag items, which can be handed out during registration. The speech and debate team also welcomes donations to alleviate some of the costs of hosting such a large event. In exchange, donors will be offered advertising space in the competition’s registration packets and can display their own signage on campuses during the event.

For more information, contact Noah Recker at

Gaining notoriety

The La Vernia High School Speech and Debate team has received state and national acclaim, which is why La Vernia was considered to be a host site for such a large tournament. The team has amassed 45 state UIL medals since 2008, and produced two team state championships, hundreds of Texas Forensic Association state qualifiers, and even some National finalists, said teach coach Noah Recker.

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