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OCHS’ Sultan, Morris Win UIL CX Debate State Title

Image depicting OCHS’ Sultan, Morris Win UIL CX Debate State Title

Ore City High School's Amir Sultan and Layne Morris finished in the top spot at the 2023 UIL Cross-Examination (CX) Debate competition Tuesday to officially bring home the Class 2A CX Debate State Championship to Ore City.

Along with the championship, teammates Sadie Bonnette and Makayla Knapp finished in the top 5, with a fifth-place finish. That finish gives Ore City two of the top five CX Debate performances in the state.

The Ore City students qualified for the state meet in January with a 1-2 finish at the District 21-2A championship.

Through participation at the UIL Cross-Examination State Meet, students who advance to the debate elimination rounds qualify for Texas Interscholastic League Foundation scholarships.

Since its inception in 1959, the TILF has provided more than $35 million to more than 21,000 students. Amounts of scholarships range from $500 for one year to $20,000 over four years. This year TILF will disperse more than $1 million to more than 600 students.

The TILF has over $11 million in endowed funds and receives direct scholarship grants each year of more than $800,000 from foundations, individuals, and corporate sponsors throughout the state.

Ore City High School Debate coach is Mr. Kenneth Adcock.