Welcome to TFA State 2015!
Congratulations on qualifying for the 2015 Texas Forensic Association’s Annual State Tournament. The TFA State Tournament is one of the largest of its kind in the nation and marks the culmination of the competitive TFA season. Over 1,500 students from all five TFA regions attend the tournament each year. To qualify, students must earn at least twelve points in at least one TFA event. Additionally, qualifiers in speech, debate, and performance events are eligible for college scholarships. The average qualifier for this prestigious tournament commits hundreds of practice hours to their specific event(s).
The Texas Forensic Association is committed to encouraging students to become effective communicators, critical thinkers, and engaged, ethical members of our democratic society. Our organization is growing rapidly, as there are over 300 active TFA member schools. This year marks the 42nd TFA State Tournament.
Each year, the tournament is hosted by one of the five TFA regions. We would like to thank the hosts of this year’s tournament, Franklin High School led by Principal Carla Gasaway and Coronado High School led by Interim Principal Thomas O'Hara. Additionally, thanks to the administration of El Paso ISD - Juan Cabrera, Superintendent and Carolyn Mackey, Coordinator of Academic Competition, Speech, & Debate.
Thanks to the local host committee, which includes Yolanda Silva and Kim Falco of Franklin HS, Daniel Rosales of Jefferson HS, Shawn Mena of Akins HS, and Christina Luna and Martin Mota of Mountain View HS. Additional thanks to Billye Lucas and Scott Thoreson of Ysleta ISD, Catherine Morrel of Socorro ISD and Irene Gardea of Americas HS. Finally, a special thanks to Dr. Charles Dupre of Fort Bend ISD, the Superintendent of Schools on the TFA Executive Council for 2014-2015.
Once again, congratulations on making it to the TFA State Tournament. You represent the finest in speech and debate that Texas has to offer. We are looking forward to another amazing tournament full of outstanding competition.