DHS Students, Coach Honored at National Speech & Debate Tournament
DHS Students, Coach Honored at National Speech & Debate Tournament
Posted on 06/19/2016
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RIPON, Wis. (June 20, 2016) The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to announce that Grace Sheene, a rising senior, and Caitlin Haskett, a recent graduate of Danville High School, advanced beyond preliminary rounds to the national awards rounds at the National Speech & Debate Tournament—the largest academic competition in the world.  Sheene advanced through six preliminary rounds in Dramatic Interpretation to compete in the National Octofinals, featuring the top 60 dramatic performers in the country, before being eliminated from the competition.  Haskett advanced to the national Semifinals in the Senate after two days of preliminary sessions.  Additionally, in the supplemental events for students who do not advance past Octofinals, Sheene competed in Prose Reading and advanced through nine competition rounds before being eliminated in the National Semifinals. 


“The National Tournament showcases the brightest and most talented students in the country,” said J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director of the National Speech & Debate Association.  More than 4,000 students representing more than 1,200 schools competed at the National Speech & Debate Tournament held in Salt Lake City June 13-17.  These students represented more than 150,000 who competed in 106 district competitions from Maine to Guam in March and April for the right to represent their districts at the Nationals. 


Additionally, Danville High forensics Head Coach Steve Meadows was awarded the Ralph E. Carey Award for Distinguished Career Service during the National Awards Ceremony on Friday night.  Meadows has served as Kentucky’s District Chair for 19 terms and was noted for his leadership in founding the state’s annual professional development conference, SPEAK (Speech Professional Education Alliance of Kentucky) as well as for his service to NSDA on several ad hoc committees plus annual service at the National Tournament in tabulations; Meadows currently serves as the organization’s Director of Public Speaking at Nationals and on the national Educational Conference and Curriculum committees.


About the National Speech & Debate Association

The National Speech & Debate Association 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 150,000 students and coaches every year. For over 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.5 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society. For more information, visit www.speechanddebate.org.


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Danville High School’s delegation to the National Speech and Debate tournament, 2016:  Steve Meadows (Head Coach), Grace Sheene, Hannah Draut, Abigail Anderson, Caitlin Haskett, Zane Arnold, Maggie Jenkins (Assistant Coach), Beth Marlowe (Assistant Coach)