Centennial Student Named Top Speaker in Texas

Mar 24, 2021

Centennial High School is home to four Texas Forensic Association State Tournament debaters ranked in the top 10 for Speaker Points. That includes sophomore Arjun Ramprasad who earned a scholarship for winning the title of Top Speaker in the State of Texas.

The TFA encourages students to become effective communicators, critical thinkers and engaged, ethical members of our democratic society through competitive debate, speech and theatre. The tournament is renowned across the country for its numerous competitors and competitive nature. 

“We are so proud of Arjun and this accomplishment,” said Kris Compton, Centennial High School speech and debate program director and coach. “This amazing young man dedicated a lot of hard work perfecting his debate speaking skills.” 

Sophomore Kartike Chawla earned fourth place while juniors Sai Bommineni and Parth Wokhlu claimed the seventh and ninth place for Top Speakers, respectively.

The competition involved several rounds on topics varying from legislation to current events.

“This level of success is possible due to the support and guidance of excellent educators,” said Centennial Principal Dr. Alicia Maphies. “I am thankful for the opportunities they provide our Titans.” 

Congratulations to Arjun and all of the students who qualified and competed in the competition, including the finalists listed below.

Public Forum Debate

Quarter-Finalists - Akhil Vindamaram and Advaith Anakala
Octo-Finalists - Sai Bommineni and Parth Wokhlu
Doubles - Arjun Ramprasad and Kartike Chawla 


Quarter-Finalist - Anagha Rao
Quarter-Finalist - Vaishali Srinivasan 

All of the Centennial High School students will also be debating at The Tournament of Champions which is a national-level tournament hosted by The University of Kentucky.

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