Two MMI Preparatory School students will participate in a national speech and debate competition.

Juniors Roderick Cook and Antonia Diener will compete in the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament May 27 to 29 in Washington, D.C.

The NCFL is dedicated to supporting high school speech and debate activities for public, private and parochial high schools in the United States and Canada.

The students earned their place in the national tournament after their performance in a regional qualifying tournament at Dallas Middle School, where they competed against 11 other teams.

Cook and Diener have been practicing and performing their dramatic duo piece, "Action News: Now with 10 Percent More Action" by Jonathan Rand, since the beginning of the school year. They also took second place at a speech and debate competition at Abington Heights High School in January.

Cook is the son of Brian Cook, Nesquehoning, and Melissa O'Connell, Nesquehoning.

Diener is the daughter of Ian and Emeline Diener, Pocono Lake.

Matthew Kenenitz is the forensics director at MMI.