DHS Forensics places first, second at two competitions
Published 8:59 am Thursday, December 15, 2016
Danville High School’s speech and debate (forensics) team placed first and second at two outings this month. On Dec. 3, the team competed at Boone County High School’s Blizzard Blowout speech and debate tournament and captured first place of 16 Kentucky high schools competing. Rowan County, Lexington Henry Clay, North Oldham, Ryle, and Lexington Dunbar placed second through sixth, respectively.
Team captain Grace Sheene led the Speaking Admirals with first place finishes in dramatic interpretation and prose and second in improvisational duo with partner Matthew Ballard. Natalie Grubbs was the tournament champion in declamation; Charlie Hall won the storytelling event.
Also winning awards for the Admirals were Abigail Anderson (fourth broadcasting and sixth oratory), Haley Hopkins (fifth declamation and second humorous interpretation), Evey Kinkade (third declamation), Claire Strysick (second declamation), Havannah Martin (fifth dramatic interpretation), Billy Critchfield (fifth extemporaneous speaking), Emma Merryman (third impromptu speaking), Becky Mohr (fourth impromptu speaking), Celeste Fieberg (fifth oratory), Mackenzie Howe (fifth program oral interpretation), and Joseth Warner (sixth prose).
At the WKU Hilltopper held in Bowling Green Dec. 10, DHS placed second of 26 schools from six states behind Rowan County. LaRue County, Murray, and Bardstown Bethlehem placed third through fifth.
Thirteen Danville events advanced through three preliminary rounds to the final round held for the top six entries; poetry and prose (the largest events) also held semifinal rounds for the top 12 entries in prelims.
With senior Matthew Ballard anchoring both, DHS won both duo events with Abigail Anderson and Ballard taking first in duo interpretation and Charlie Hall and Ballard winning improvisational duo.
Also earning trophies for the Speaking Admirals were McCallum Morley (fourth in broadcasting and fourth in dramatic interpretation), Abigail Anderson (fifth in broadcasting and sixth in humorous interpretation), Haley Hopkins (third in declamation), Billy Critchfield (second in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in impromptu speaking), Caroline Bugg (fifth in extemporaneous speaking), Becky Mohr (sixth in impromptu speaking), Celeste Fieberg (fourth in oratory), Grace Sheene (prose semifinals), and Charlie Hall (third in storytelling).
DHS will next compete at Rowan County’s Harlen Hamm Invitational in January.