Danville High Wins State Speech Tournament
Danville High Wins State Speech Tournament
Posted on 03/15/2016
This is the image for the news article titled Danville High Wins State Speech TournamentDanville High School won the 2016 Kentucky High School Speech League (KHSSL) State Speech Tournament for high schools held March 11-12 on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  This was Danville's sixth state title since 2006.  Rowan County HS, Boone County HS, Henry Clay HS, Murray HS, and Paul Laurence Dunbar HS placed second through sixth in the team contest.   In a tight race for the top spot, Danville and Rowan were tied after three preliminary rounds of speech competition Friday, and each broke twenty-four entries into the semifinal rounds (top eighteen competitors in each of thirteen speech categories).  Danville then moved fourteen of those entries into the state finals (top six in each event) to Rowan's twelve, and DHS won by a margin of eighteen points overall, 221-203.  Danville had previously won the Bluegrass Regional tournament, one of seven contests held around Kentucky to qualify students to the KHSSL State meet.

DHS won state titles in three of the thirteen speech events.  Zane Arnold and Matt Ballard repeated as the state champions in Improvisational Duo, Lydia Graham won Storytelling, and the Duo Interpretation team of Dylan Godbey and Clay Williams won their category.  Also in state finals were Charlie Hall (fourth in Declamation), Becky Mohr (sixth in Declamation), Hannah Draut (fifth in Dramatic Interpretation and sixth in Prose), Grace Sheene (second in Dramatic Interpretation and second in Prose), the Duo Interpretation team of Chandane Cheam and Levi Daugherty (sixth), Lydia Graham (sixth in Humorous Interpretation and second in Program Oral Interpretation), the Improvisational Duo team of Charlie Hall and Haley Hopkins (third), and Zane Arnold (third in Program Oral Interpretation).  DHS State semifinalists were Dylan Godbey (Dramatic Interpretation), Matt Ballard and McCallum Morley (Duo Interpretation), Levi Daugherty (Humorous Interpretation), Charlie Hall (Humorous Interpretation), Dylan Godbey and Natalie Grubbs (Improvisational Duo), Sara Barringer (Oratory), Celeste Fieberg (Oratory), Hannah Draut (Program Oral Interpretation), Zane Arnold (Storytelling), and Hope McCowan (Storytelling).

Additionally, at the KHSSL State Debate Tournament held March 10-11, Zane Arnold placed fourth and Caitlin Haskett advanced to the Super Session (top twenty-four) in Congressional Debate.