Danville HS Students Recognized for Excellence at National Speech and Debate Tournament
Danville HS Students Recognized for Excellence at National Speech and Debate Tournament
Posted on 06/24/2014
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Danville HS Students Recognized for Excellence at National Speech and Debate Tournament

Overland Park, Kansas /  June 20, 2014

Cloe Anderson, Sue Cook, and Andrew McKinney from Danville High School earned special recognition for excellence in speech and debate at the 2014 National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Overland Park, Kansas.  After six rounds and two days of preliminary competition, each of these Speaking Admirals were advanced into the top sixty in their events:  Anderson in Humorous Interpretation, Cook in International Extemporaneous Speaking, and McKinney in Congressional Debate (Senate).  All three were recognized as placing in the top quarter of all students at the tournament. 

 

Three thousand students participated in the 2014 National Tournament, billed as the world's largest academic competition. The event drew visitors from across the country and beyond. Top performers take home more than $200,000 in college scholarships.

To attend, students must qualify at one of 108 district tournaments held from Guam to Maine.  Centre College and Bluegrass Community and Technical College (Danville) sponsored the 2014 Kentucky District competition in March. National competition occurs in eleven main events—Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Congressional Debate–House, Congressional Debate–Senate, Original Oratory, United States Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation—as well as seven consolation and supplemental events. For more information, visit the tournament website: www.speechanddebate.org/nationals .

 

Danville High celebrated its twentieth trip to the national speech and debate tournament in Overland Park.  After two trips in the 1950s, the team has advanced qualifiers eighteen times since 1995 under the direction of Head Coach Steve Meadows.  Meadows is assisted by Beth Marlowe and Christel Belcher as well as a cadre of former students plus his own mentor coach, Terri Branson.  In that time, six students have advanced to the final round (top six) of competition – four in main events, two in supplemental; eighty students total have advanced to the contest with thirty-nine earning awards by placing in the top quarter or higher.

The National Speech and Debate Association (formerly the National Forensic League) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit honorary society whose mission is to promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student's essential life skills and values. More than 120,000 high school and middle school students, representing nearly 3,000 schools nationwide, are currently building their communication, leadership, cognitive, and presentational skills as members. Since 1925, more than 1.4 million students have found their voice in the NSDA competitions. For more information, visitwww.speechanddebate.org or www.danvilleforensics.org.

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