Danville High School forensics teams placed second at the Kentucky High School Speech League’s state speech contest, and third at the state debate contest, March 13-15 at the University of Kentucky.
Five DHS students came home as state champions in their respective events: Andrew McKinney in Congressional Debate, Sue Cook in Declamation, Jack Graham in Dramatic Interpretation, and the team of Sarabeth Marlowe and Kolton Winfield in Improvisational Duo.
DHS students earned 20 additional awards at the contests. McKinney’s win marks six straight years DHS has won the state title in Congressional Debate.
Rowan County won the state speech title followed by Danville, Boone County, LaRue County, Harrison County, and Knott County Central as the top six teams. In Debate, Ryle High School in Boone County won the state title followed by Rowan County and Danville in second and third places.
Full DHS results at KHSSL State Speech and Debate are: Molly Anderson, semifinals in Broadcasting; Andrew McKinney, champion in Congressional Debate plus Semifinals in Extemporaneous Speaking and Oratory; Calvin Steber, second in Congressional Debate plus semifinals in Extemporaneous Speaking; Emma Jackson, Congressional Debate Super Session plus fourth in Humorous Interpretation; Sue Cook, champion in Declamation and fifth in Prose; Jack Graham, champion in Dramatic Interpretation plus semifinals in Duo Interpretation; Sarabeth Marlowe, fifth in Dramatic Interpretation and third in Prose plus champion in Improvisational Duo; Tyler Whitehouse, semifinals in Duo Interpretation plus sixth in Humorous Interpretation; Phoebe Ross, semifinals in Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking; Kolton Winfield, champion in Improvisational Duo plus semifinals in Storytelling; Sam Nelson, semifinals in Oratory and Poetry; Laurel Payne, Ssmifinals in Prose; Cloe Anderson, second in Storytelling; Lydia Graham, sixth in Storytelling.