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  • Dear Cavalier Speech and Debate Family,

    My name is Mackenzie Marquess and I am the new Lake Travis High School Speech and Debate Coach. I am a first year teacher and coach and I am so excited to be here! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about all of these debaters and I have already witnessed some pretty great things myself. I am eager to see all that we can accomplish this year. I know I am stepping into a wonderful program full of smart and hardworking kids. I am looking forward to teaching them and watching their growth throughout the year.

    I think that speech and debate is a truly wonderful activity that teaches students valuable skills and lessons they will use for the rest of their lives. I know that with a new coach this year may be a little more difficult. Transition periods are always hard. While there will be a lot of changes coming this year, one thing you can all count on is a caring and hardworking coach. I will do my best to ensure that every student is given all the attention and opportunities possible. I know we have been a successful team in the past, both at tournaments and as a wonderful support system for one another, and I intend on carrying on that tradition. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as we make this transition together.

    I want to thank you all ahead of time for being patient with me in my first year of teaching. I am excited to learn and grow with everyone else. I am also incredibly excited to see the leadership coming out of our varsity and senior members. This year will be a wonderful opportunity for them to leave their mark on this program and impact its growth and success for years to come.

    I am excited to take on this adventure with all of you!

    Mackenzie Marquess
    marquessm@ltisdschools.org