Dickens places 8th out of 248 at national forensics tournament

Dickens places 8th at third year of competing

in National Forensics League event in Kansas City

Dylan Dickens placed 8th in International Extemp at the National

Forensics League Speech and Debate Tournament in Kansas City this month.

Dickens was one of 248 competitors who were district champions from all 50

states competing in the week-long event.

This is his third year to qualify and compete at the NFL tournament.

He has a first place and an 8th another 8th

“He gave 12 speeches during that week and with each one didn’t have a

clue until told to do it what his topic was,” Coach Cheryl Ryne said. “We would

meet between contests and talk about what was happening all over the world. He

was given Iraq, Nigeria, the United Nations, the world environment, for a few of

his topics. He shined in each.”

Prior to competing, he had qualified for NFL in three areas but chose

International Prose as the one he would do. He is limited to one area in

competition. He is the first and only person at FHS to place first in 4A UIL State

Congressional Debate and could have competed in this topic but decided against

it, opting for the surprise factor in international extemp.

He is an NFL All American and an NFL Academic All American. He was

also named South Texas NFL Outstanding Student of the year.

In Kansas City this June, Dickens represented Friendswood with style and

humility, according to Ryne.

“I am so proud and honored to be this outstanding young man’s coach.

Ryne said. “He has done an outstanding job through his years of competition at

FHS. He represented Texas well and did the best of any Texas competitor in his


Dickens will be entering Rice University as a freshman this fall.

place finish for his first two years and now adds

place to it.