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Ardmore High students talk their way to state title

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Ardmore High School Students are state champs in speech and debate. (KTEN) Ardmore High School Students are state champs in speech and debate. (KTEN)
Ardmore High School senior Alexia Girard was part of the school's winning speech and debate team. (KTEN) Ardmore High School senior Alexia Girard was part of the school's winning speech and debate team. (KTEN)
A sign recognizes Ardmore High's speech and debate team. (KTEN) A sign recognizes Ardmore High's speech and debate team. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Texas -- Ardmore High School's fine arts department is on a roll.

This past weekend, students brought back the fourth consecutive state title in speech and debate.

For these students, the state championship is all about showing what they're capable of.

"It feels like your most important tournament to prove yourself," said AHS senior Alexia Girard. "It feels like the last experience you're going to have."

She said this weekend didn't just add another trophy to the trophy case; it was her chance to reflect on what got her started.

"The first time I ever performed in front of people it was the most outstanding feeling I ever could have felt," Alexia said.

For her younger classmates, it was a chance to learn what they need to do to improve.

"I did a lot better this year than I did last year," sophomore Matthew Martinez said. "Definitely having a year of experience on the team already has made me a lot better."

But these kids aren't just going home with a state championship; they have acquired skills that will last a lifetime. 

"It teaches you memorization, organization, study.... it teaches you focus," said Brian Gunter, the AHS director of theater performing arts. "It teaches you how to overcome obstacles."

And national tournaments in May and June are in the future for some of these students, where they can continue to compete.

"It's also like that friendly competition that always makes you a better performer and a person," junior Amie Gilbert told us.

"I want other people to hear my challenges and struggles and take away from that," Alexia added.

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