City commission applauds Danville High Forensics team for ‘outstanding year’

Published 8:12 am Thursday, March 30, 2017

Danville High School’s forensics team got some local love from the Danville City Commission this week for an “outstanding year.”

Commissioners unanimously approved a proclamation signed by Mayor Mike Perros commending the state championship team for many accomplishments, including:

• a “clean sweep” of Kentucky’s four state speech tournaments for the third time in school history;

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• being the only school in the state to have ever completed a “clean sweep;”

• having three Danville High School students qualify for the National Speech and Debate Association’s tournament, “the largest academic contest in the world;”

• winning the state speech tournament for the second straight year; and

• a 21st straight win of the annual national qualifier for Grand Nationals.

“The team players are outstanding role models to the youth of Danville and Boyle County,” Perros said, reading from the proclamation. “All of the members are to be applauded for their exemplary attitude and contributions to education.”

Perros said the forensics team members are “shining examples of focus and dedication.”

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Danville Mayor Mike Perros, right, presents a framed proclamation honoring the Danville High School Forensics team to the team’s coach, teacher Steve Meadows, center, while Danville Superintendent Keith Look applauds.

“The work of these students is exceptional, but it also should be noted that the leadership provided to these students — critique and so forth — comes from the staff of the Danville Schools,” Superintendent Keith Look said. “… This was fantastic — it’s a clean sweep. To be the only school in the state ever to do this and the fact that we’ve done this now three times definitely sets the bar (for) others to chase.”

The members of the 2017 DHS Forensics team are Abigail Anderson, Matt Ballard, Sara Barring, Caroline Bugg, Kami Chappell, Billy Critchfield, Katie Critchfield, Kyle Dean, Celeste Fieberg, Grayson Fowlkes, Paige Glasser, Natalie Grubbs, Libby Hale, Charlie Hall, Virginia Harp, Haley Hopkins, Mackenzie Howe, Evey Kinkade, Havannah Martin, Emma Merryman, Barrett Minks, Becky Mohr, McCallum Morley, Madelyn Mullins, Samantha Sallee, Grace Sheene, Kelsie Steber, Claire Strysick and Joseph Warner.

Team members who qualified for the national competition in June are Grace Sheene, Charlie Hall and Abigail Anderson.

Teachers for the team are Steve Meadows, Beth Marlowe, Maggie Jenkins, Terri Branson, Logan Scisco, Drew Lane and McKay Nelson.


The National Speech and Debate Association (formerly National Forensic League) is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the United States. The Association provides competitive speech and debate activities, high-quality resources, comprehensive training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition to more than 130,000 students and coaches every year.