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KHS Debate Team Wins First at Harvard
Junior varsity team of Philip Leyerle and Michael Soules bring recognition to KISD
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Philip Leyerle (left) and Michael Soules of Klein High School earned first place in the junior varsity division of the Harvard national High School Invitational Forensics Tournament on the Harvard campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
February 24, 2011—The Klein High School speech and debate team competed in the 2011 Harvard National High School Invitational Forensics Tournament in Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 19-21. Students competed in events including Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate, Varsity Public Forum Debate, Junior Varsity Public Forum Debate, and Dramatic Interpretation. Competitors included students from all over the United States and Canada.

Junior Philip Leyerle and sophomore Michael Soules placed first in Junior Varsity Public Forum Debate, defeating a team from the Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey. “It was a surreal experience, and it was great to have the support of the Klein team,” Leyerle said. “Michael and I were glad to represent Klein High School when almost no one at the tournament had ever heard of it.”

Sponsors for the trip included Klein High School debate coach Ryan Hennessey and assistant principal Chad Stole and his wife Kristen. Students who attended were Jonathan Agosto, Marcela Arevalo, Jennifer Brown, Andrew Daley, Phillip Jefferson, Alex Katz, Philip Leyerle, Lauren Martinez, Grace Mausser, Ryan Peabody, Caleb Prince, Brad Rizzo, Lauren Schmitt, Rebecca Shanks, and Michael Soules.

The Klein debate team will participate in a district competition March 4-5.