DHS Students Recognized for Excellence at National Speech and Debate Tournaments
Danville HS Students Recognized for Excellence at National Speech and Debate Tournaments
Posted on 06/26/2015
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Danville High School made a strong showing at the two national speech and debate tournaments held at the end of the school year.  At the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Speech and Debate tournament held in Ft. Lauderdale 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 including Danville’s Sue Cook and Lydia Graham in Duo Interpretation, who were named Octofinalists.  Additionally, junior Zane Arnold and senior Mary-Scott Bugg served as presiding officers in the national Student Congress (Congressional Debate). 

 

Recent graduate Austin Barringer earned special recognition for excellence in speech and debate at the 2015 National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament held in Dallas the third week of June.  After six rounds and two days of preliminary competition, he advanced into the top sixty in Dramatic Interpretation; after being eliminated from DI, he advanced into the national semifinals in the Expository Speaking contest and set a school record by moving through seven rounds of Poetry before elimination.  Seven thousand students and judges participated in the 2015 NSDA National Tournament, billed as the world's largest academic competition. To attend, students must qualify at one of 110 district tournaments held from Guam to Maine.  Centre College and Bluegrass Community and Technical College (Danville) sponsored the 2015 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, please see the national tournament websites or the DHS Forensics site:  www.ncflnationals.org, www.speechanddebate.org/nationals, www.danvilleforensics.org