DHS Forensics Team Competes at National Speech and Debate Tournament
DHS Forensics Team Competes at National Speech and Debate Tournament
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Danville HS Duo sets record at National Speech and Debate Tournament


Birmingham, Alabama    June 21, 2013

Recent graduates Sarabeth Marlowe and Kolton Winfield from Danville High School set a Kentucky record for their scores at the 83rd annual National Forensic League National Speech and Debate Tournament in Birmingham.  The duo advanced through six preliminary rounds and six more award rounds to be named Semifinalists (top 14) in Duo Interpretation, the highest any Kentucky pair has placed at Nationals since Duo Interpretation was added as an event in 1996. Marlowe and Winfield were the only Kentucky students to advance past the top 48 in any main event.


Nearly3,000 students from over 1,000 high schools from Guam to Maine participated in the 2013 NFL 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 NFL’s 109 district tournaments.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. Marlowe and Winfield were the champions of the Kentucky District tournament held at Centre College in March.  Nearly 250 entries qualified for and participated in each of the eleven main events, making Sweet Home Alabama Nationals the largest NFL Nationals yet.


For more information, visit the tournament website: www.NFLnationals.org

About the NFL

The National Forensic League (NFL) 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 League. For more information, visit www.NFLonline.org.




Steve Meadows   859-396-0646   steve.meadows@danville.kyschools.us