Danville wins Regional Speech Tournament

Published 3:20 pm Monday, February 11, 2019


Awards winners are, top row from left, Charlie Hall, regional champion storytelling, regional runner-up humorous interpretation; Lauren Lucas, regional runner-up declamation; Haley Hopkins, regional runner-up duo interpretation; Joseth Warner, regional champion prose, regional runner-up dramatic interpretation; regional runner-up duo interpretation. Bottom row, Natalie Grubbs, regional champion dramatic interpretation; Evey Kinkade, regional runner-up broadcasting; Samantha Sallee and Virginia Harp, regional champions duo interpretation; Emma Merryman, regional runner-up oratory. Photo contributed


LEXINGTON — Danville High School (DHS) placed first overall at the Kentucky High School Speech League’s Senior Division Regional Speech Tournament held Saturday, Feb. 9, in Lexington at SCAPA-Bluegrass Middle School. The Bluegrass Region consists of Fayette County and the 35 counties immediately south of it. Lexington’s Dunbar High School was second overall; Lexington Henry Clay placed third.

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Students in the contest competed in 14 speech events. In each event, a regional champion and a regional runner-up was named. DHS won regional championships in four of the events and runner-up titles in six. DHS has won the state speech tournament the last three years and is now a contender to do so again after a strong showing at one of the state’s toughest regions (Dunbar and Henry Clay were second and third at state last year behind Danville).

DHS next moves into the final phase of the regular season with statewide contests (the KESDA Forum and the KHSSL State Speech and Debate Tournaments) and the qualifiers to the two National tournaments remaining.

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