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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:00 pm

Bandera High School senior Ethan Miles was named the state champion in the Lincoln Douglas Debate competition for 4A schools at Texas’ speech and debate championship in Austin last month, and Michael Nevarez, a Bandera High junior, won second place in prose interpretation, Bandera Independent School District officials have reported.

Miles, a four-year debater, was undefeated in the preliminary debate competitions at the state championship at the University of Texas at Austin and defeated a debater from Melissa High School to qualify for the finals.

He then defeated a debater from Salado High School to claim the championship in his first year to qualify for the state contest.

Nevarez, who has competed for the Bulldogs in speech for three years, also competed in his first state contest in May.

He finished third in the preliminary round, which placed him in the finals against the top six prose interpretation competitors in the state, officials said.  Nevarez earned rankings of first, second and third, giving him the silver medal in the 4A division.

Emily Huber, a speech and debate teacher at Bandera High who is the sponsor of the speech team, said she was very proud of both students.

I've had state qualifiers, state finalists, and state medalists across my 13 years of coaching, but this is my first time to have anyone rank in the top three,” said Huber. “For both boys to do it in the same year is incredible.  They've worked diligently all year long, attending invitationals nearly every weekend, winning tournaments throughout the pre-district season and competed well at both district and regionals.

“Their accomplishments cap off a fantastic season for BHS speech and debate, with 12 out of 16 members competing at the regional or state level."

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