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Klein Oak Student Earns Elite Title at Debate Competition

Klein Oak Student Earns Elite Title at Debate Competition

Chant Resilla recognized among team members

Each year the National Hispanic Institute (NHI) invites ninth-grade students to participate in the Great Debate, a leadership experience for students to discuss complex themes that are important to the growth and leadership supply of the Latino community.

This year, Klein Oak High School’s Chant Resilla and his teammates were hailed as champions for the 2018 Texas Star Great Debate held at Schreiner University in Kerrville, TX last month. Additionally, Chant was named one of the Elite Eight, a distinction for the top eight students in each debate category. He also placed second in the Cross-Examination category.

Each Great Debate conference hosts between 150 and 300 students with the goal of increasing their capacity to express thought, respond to an intellectual challenge, work in organized endeavors, and compete against their top peers.

To read more about the Great Debate from NHI, click here.

“I believe his success in doing well for this competition even as a first-time debate participant stems from Klein ISD’s continued excellence in preparing its scholars,” said Dr. Clare Resilla, Chant’s mother. “He is a product of Metzler Elementary and Hildebrandt Intermediate. He finished his freshman year at Klein Oak and is looking forward to his sophomore year continuing with Advanced Placement courses and participating in the Klein Oak Boys Basketball team and the Klein Oak Orchestra. Chant’s recent success has affirmed Klein ISD’s Promise2Purpose commitment to all students.”

A special thank you to Chant’s mother, Dr. Clare Resilla for this story submission.


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