PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. -- In just two years the Sylvan Hills High Forensics Team is seeing a lot of success in the debate circuit. The team recently participated in Arkansas Communication Theatre Arts Association’s Student Congress Competition at the State Capitol and had a great showing.
- Excellence in Committee Debate: Aliyah Smith, Hope People
- Superior in Committee Debate: Daniel Griffin, Will Fausel
- Excellence in Speaking in Caucus: Daniel Griffin, Hope People
- Superior in Speaking in Caucus: Hannah Burke
- Excellence in Floor Debate: Will Fausel, Hannah Burke, Nicholas Worsham
- Superior in Floor Debate: Daniel Griffin, Hope People, Will Fausel, Hannah Burke
- Excellence in Paging: Ty Hunsicker and Keziah Stinyard
- Excellence in Parliamentary Procedure: Will Fausel, Hannah Burke
- Superior in Parliamentary Procedure: Nicholas Worsham, Daniel Griffin
- Best Floor Debate for House 2: Daniel Griffin
- Best Overall Delegate for SHHS Delegation: Daniel Griffin
- Mary Ingall’s Award for Exception Knowledge and Appropriate Use of the Parliamentary Procedure for House 2: Will Fausel
- 2nd Best Overall Delegation: Sylvan Hills High
“I cried on the ride home on the bus, proud of my team that was only a year old,” said SHHS forensics coach, Jennifer Alaquinez. “These kids, these moments, are the ones that I will carry with me. My team may be small, but we are mighty.”
"Every single time I looked up while in the House of Representatives I was like ‘wow’,” said Will Fausel. “Even after spending hours in the House chamber. I was very thankful to participate in an event that was held in a building that forms the building blocks of our democracy."
The team competed against other schools from across the state, including Cabot, Central, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, and more.