La Vernia High School speech and debate coach Noah Recker (far left) is thrilled — the school’s Speech and Debate team claimed second place overall in UIL State competition! In Lincoln Douglas debate, Joel Robertson placed first, and Alena Zink earned third place; Barrett Hanselka also competed in the event. Joel also earned the silver medal in persuasive speaking, and Wyatt Hall placed fourth in informative speaking. Congratulations! Competition isn’t over for the team, however; some members are off to Nationals in Louisville, Ky., next week! This will include Joel, Wyatt, and Brady Klein and Josh Niday in public forum debate; John Taft, Senate; Lillian Holm, International Extemporaneous; Ryan Bocanegra, Lincoln Douglas; and Rylee Bocanegra, World Schools Debate. Good luck!