DHS Takes Honors at National Speech Tournament
DHS Takes Honors at National Speech Tournament
Posted on 05/31/2016
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SACRAMENTO:  Danville High School had its best showing in several years at the NCFL Grand National Speech and Debate Tournament held in Sacramento over Memorial Day weekend.  Students from 517 high schools, the winners of 67 contests held around the country, competed in six speech and four debate events Saturday and Sunday.  

 

Speech competitors, approximately 240 per event, spoke in four preliminary rounds on Saturday at locations around Sacramento.  The top 48 entries in each event advanced to the national Octofinals, with subsequent breaks to Quarterfinals (top 24), Semifinals (12), and the Finalists (top 6).

 

Senior Hannah Draut led the team with a Sixth Place finish in Dramatic Performance.  Advancing to Quarterfinals in Duo Interpretation were the teams of Dylan Godbey / Clay Williams and Matt Ballard / McCallum Morley.  Charlie Hall advanced to Quarterfinals in Declamation.  Grace Sheene broke to Octofinals in Oral Interpretation.

 

DHS led the state in a strong showing from the winners of the Louisville contest.  Murray High School's Brynn Jones won Original Oratory, and the Duo Interpretation team of Nelson and Nelson from Boone County High placed sixth overall.  Thirteen Kentucky entries overall advanced into awards rounds in Speech including the five from DHS.

 

Five Danville students including Draut and Sheene will represent Kentucky at the National Speech and Debate Association's National Tournament in Salt Lake City in June.

 

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Picture:  Grace Sheene, McCallum Morley, Matt Ballard, Clay Williams, Charlie Hall, Hannah Draut, and Dylan Godbey earned awards at the NCFL National Speech and Debate Tournament in Sacramento over Memorial Day weekend.