Two Granbury High School seniors were finalists in the 1st Annual Capitol Congressional Debate Contest held at the Texas state capitol on December 1, 2011. Leah Derrington and Stefanie Mundhenk were both finalists and received gavels for their accomplishment.
The student congress competition has been called "a realistic approach to the democratic idea of cooperative discussion" as participants consider some of the problems that actually confront state and federal lawmakers. Student congress serves as an excellent demonstration of democracy at work by obtaining practice in the various types of public speaking, gaining a better knowledge of political science, provoking practice in discussion, debate, and parliamentary procedure, and learning to know students of other high schools.
At this contest, each school was eligible to submit up to four pieces of legislation with the requirement that one be related to Texas.
Also competing were Astrid Avila, Jessica Browning, Stephen Carver, Melaine Lively-Adams, Rachael Rodgers, Brandon Rush, Ridglea Willard, and Garrett Williams.
The competition was hosted by Princeton High School in conjunction with state senator Florence Shapiro and state representative Jodie Laubenberg.