Danville High Brings Home Honors From National Speech Tournament
Danville High Brings Home Honors From National Speech Tournament
Posted on 05/26/2014
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Danville High School made an impressive showing at the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Speech and Debate tournament held in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend.  Nearly six hundred high schools and two thousand students from around the country, winners of diocesan contests sponsored around the United States earlier this year, competed in six speech and four debate events on Saturday and Sunday.  When Saturday’s competitions were tallied, approximately twenty percent of the entries in each event were advanced to the award rounds.  Five of Danville’s ten entries advanced to the national awards.  Senior Andrew McKinney made school history by advancing to the national semifinals in Congressional Debate.  Senior Cloe Anderson and junior Sue Cook each advanced to the national Quarterfinals, or top 24, in Dramatic Performance and Extemporaneous Speaking, respectively.  Junior Austin Barringer (Oral Interpretation) and senior Emma Jackson (Extemporaneous Speaking) advanced to the top 48 (Octofinals) in their events as well.  Additionally, junior Mary-Scott Bugg served as a presiding officer in the second session of the national Student Congress (Congressional Debate). 


Anderson, Cook, Jackson, and McKinney will compete again on behalf of Team Kentucky at the National Forensic League Grand Nationals in Overland Park, Kansas, June 15-20.  The event is the largest academic contest in the world.  Past winners and finalists of the event include Shelley Long of CHEERS fame (Oratory), Jane Pauley of NBC News (Extemporaneous Speaking), Oprah Winfrey (a two-time finalist in Dramatic Interpretation), Brent Spiner of the Star Trek series (Dramatic Interpretation), and Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf in Disney’s FROZEN; Gad won three national championships while in high school – two in Oratory and one in Humorous Interpretation.


For more information, please see the national tournament websites or the DHS Forensics site:  www.ncflnationals.org, www.speechanddebate.org/nationals, www.danvilleforensics.org