NHI San Antonio

TMI speakers win at Great Debate

Three TMI Episcopal sophomores placed high at the National Hispanic Institute’s Texas Great Debate x2, an international speech and debate competition held online Aug. 5-7.

Elise Bostian took first place in Extemporaneous Speaking, defending the “con” position on the resolution, In a post-COVID-19 world, the LatinX community should rewrite their social narrative.

“NHI was incredibly educational and taught me a lot of new skills, while still giving criticism where needed,” Bostian said. “During competition, I could see myself improve with every speech, and I look forward to finding new competitions to participate in the future, as I think public speaking is one of my favorite skills.

Next year, Bostian will take part in the Institute’s Lorenzo de Zavala Legislative Session, a leadership program for rising juniors. At TMI, she is a member of the Corps of Cadets (JROTC) and participates in Model UN.

Also representing TMI were Gabrielle Beck and Auden Murphy, who advanced to the speech competition’s Elite 8 in Oratory and Extemporaneous Speaking, respectively. All three helped secure a second-place finish overall for San Antonio, one of 11 regions competing.

Since the late 1970s, the National Hispanic Institute has created experiences that engage achieving high-school and college-age youth in community leadership roles.

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