Recent Danville High School graduate Drew Lane placed fourth in Dramatic Performance at the national speech tournament sponsored by the National Catholic Forensic League May 26 and 27. Towson University as well as Baltimore area high schools and convention centers sponsored the sixty-first annual contest, drawing over two thousand students from sixty-eight diocese and five hundred seventy-seven high schools across the United States.
In addition to Lane, seven other DHS students won honors at the contest. Madeline Salinas and Joe Weston advanced to the quarterfinals, or top twenty-four students, in Original Oratory and Extemporaneous Speaking, respectively. Advancing to the octofinals, or top forty-eight, were Sue Cook and Emma Jackson in Declamation; John Thompson and Sarabeth Marlowe in Duo Interpretation; and Nate Johnson in Original Oratory. Over two hundred thirty entries competed in each event (six speech events and four debate events) for four preliminary rounds with award rounds beginning for the top forty-eight entries in each event at round five.
Weston, Thompson, Marlowe, and Johnson will join fellow Speaking Admirals Calvin Steber, Phoebe Ross, Dylan Crow, and Isabelle Ballard at the National Forensic League's national speech and debate tournament, the largest academic contest in the world, in Indianapolis June 10-15. These students won the right to represent the Kentucky District during the district tournament held at Centre College in March.