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KHSSL senior state tourney results

The Kentucky High School Speech League (KHSSL) held its annual Senior Division State Championship Forensics Tournament March 11-13 at WKU.

The Kentucky High School Speech League is the oldest student organization in the Commonwealth, which promotes education through speech, debate and theater events.  The organization was founded in 1920 and hosts an annual State Championship Tournament where students gather to compete for the top honor of State Champion in their respective events.

“This organization has been an integral part of the education of so many Kentucky students and we are proud to be a part of this prestigious activity,” Executive Director Chris Medina said. “Without KHSSL, many outstanding students would never have been able to find their voice in the world.  This activity is responsible for the success of countless students in their collegiate and professional careers.”

The tournament is the culmination of a year’s worth of work and dedication on behalf of the students who competed.  A qualifying process is necessary for students to reach this level of competition which included students from every corner of the state.

The tournament consists of events which recognize individual students in various public speaking, literature interpretation, and debate events.  The success of individual students is compiled to recognize the overall success of schools.

Team honors were awarded to the following schools:

“A” Team Awards: first, The June Buchanan School; second, Trinity High School; third, Lexington Catholic High School and Pike County Central High School.

“AA” Team Awards: first, Beechwood High School; second, Central Hardin High School; third, Scott County High School.

“AAA” Team Awards: first, Boone County High School; second, Knott County Central High School; third, Danville High School; fourth, LaRue County High School; fifth, Grant County High School; sixth, Lafayette High School; seventh, North Oldham High School; eighth, Highlands High School; ninth, Calloway County High School; 10th, Paducah Tilghman High School.

Individual awards in the various events were as follows:

Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate: State Champion, Athie Livas, Henry Clay High School; runner-up, Wes Farley, Beechwood High School; semifinalists, Sarah Atkins, Henry Clay High School, and Michael Mannen, Fern Creek High School; quarterfinalists, Adam Farr, South Oldham High School, Jabril Goodner, Fern Creek High School, Michael Barnett, Cooper High School, and Benjamin German, Glasgow Christian Academy.

Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate: State Champion, Ian Robinson, Beechwood High School; runner-up, Ellen Howard, Glasgow Christian Academy; semifinalists, Jonathan German, Glasgow Christian Academy, and Andrew Fischer, Henry Clay High School.

Public Forum Debate: State Champions, Nick Roller and Zach Orsello, Larry A. Ryle High School; runners-up, Alexandra Young and Sidney Tencza, Grant County High School; semifinalists, Dallas Martin and Erik Pederson, Larry A. Ryle High School; Brina Joiner and Alice Deters, Larry A. Ryle High School.

Policy Debate: State Champions, Brian Bickers and Ben Hackett, Beechwood High School; runners-up, Jacob DeLong and Zach Gregory, Scott County High School; semifinalists, Ethan Maynard and Sarah Hoppenjas, Larry A. Ryle High School; Neha Ray and Heen Shaner, Henry Clay High School.

Student Congress: State Champion, James Mohan, Danville High School; second, Jordan Foster, Boone County High School; third, Savannah Edwards, Larry A. Ryle High School; fourth, Emily Martin, Boone County High School; fifth, Doug Lusco, Larry A. Ryle High School; sixth, Jackman Ochs, Danville High School.

Broadcast Announcing: State Champion, Max Searcy, Danville High School; second, Miles Conger, Lafayette High School; third, Nicole Schladt, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; fourth, Torie DeMartile, Beechwood High School; fifth, Coleen Paxton, Paducah Tilghman High School; sixth, Tyler Thacker, Hazard High School.

Declamation: State Champion, Arsh Haque, Elizabethtown High School; second, Chelsea Blair, LaRue County High School; third, Arjay Donaldson, Lafayette High School; fourth, Taylor Jones, Highlands High School; fifth, Maria Wu, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; sixth, Molly Meade, Pike County Central High School.

Dramatic Interpretation: State Champion, Karson Crass, Calloway County High School; second, Erin Edwards, Boone County High School; third, Ian Mather, LaRue County High School; fourth, Rachel Gibson, North Oldham High School; fifth, Jacob Grady, North Oldham High School; sixth, Alex Dessler, Highlands High School.

Duo Interpretation: State Champion, Emily Kemp and Connor Moulton, Boone County High School; second, Kenny Craft and Skyler Slone, Knott County Central High School; third, Zach Bolen and Haley Mullins, Grant County High School; fourth, Karson Krass and Austin Ramsey, Calloway County High School; fifth, Keigan Gregory and Katelyn Huff, Knott County Central High School; sixth, Alexandra Young and Jacob Ewing, Grant County High School.

Extemporaneous Speaking: State Champion, James Mohan, Danville High School; second, Jordan Foster, Danville High School; third, Tory Cooney, Assumption High School; fourth, Emily Martin, Boone County High School; fifth, Will Modrall, Highlands High School; sixth, Doug Lusco, Larry A. Ryle High School.

Humorous Interpretation: State Champion, Emma Wilczynski, Boone County High School; second, Drew Lane, Danville High School; third, Austin Ramsey, Calloway County High School; fourth, Skyler Slone, Knott County Central High School; fifth, Alexandra Young, Grant County High School; sixth, Sarabeth Marlowe, Danville High School.

Impromptu Speaking: State Champion, Jade Morgan, Knott County Central High School; second, Tory Cooney, Assumption High School; third, Parker Lawson, Trinity High School; fourth, Jordan Conley, Knott County Central High School; fifth, Brian Bickers, Beechwood High School; sixth, Erin Towery, Calloway County High School.

Improvisational Duo Acting: State Champion, Colleen Paxton and Carson Love, Paducah Tilghman High School; second, Skylar Tanner and Morgan Thomas, Boone County High School; third, Madeline Carey and Miles Conger, Lafayette High School; fourth, Jessica Ervin and Carrie Laskey, Highlands High School; fifth, Rachel Pelgen and Emma Paquin, Highlands High School; sixth, Maggie Dycus and Michelle Carson, Harrison County High School.

Original Oratory: State Champion, Emily Martin, Boone County High School; second, Jade Morgan, Knott County Central High School; third, Emma Wilczynski, Boone County High School; fourth, Ian Shepard, Southwestern High School; fifth, Paige Brewer, Notre Dame Academy; sixth, Chelsea Blair, LaRue County High School.

Poetry Interpretation: State Champion, Jeshua Logsdon, LaRue County High School; second, Timmy Gibson, LaRue County High School; third, Ian Mather, LaRue County High School; fourth, Olivia Allen, Danville High School; fifth, Jasmine Jones, Central Hardin High School; sixth, Jordan Conley, Knott County Central High School.

Prose Interpretation: State Champion, Jeshua Logsdon, LaRue County High School; second, Courtney Wood, Danville High School; third, Erin Edwards, Boone County High School; fourth, Katie Ward, Danville High School; fifth, Timmy Gibson, LaRue County High School; sixth, Jade Morgan, Knott County Central High School.

Storytelling: State Champion, Jordan Conley, Knott County Central High School; second, Chandler Emmons Smith, Paducah Tilghman High School; third, Austin Roberts, North Oldham High School; fourth, Skyler Slone, Knott County Central High School; fifth, Ali Gautier, Danville High School; sixth, Lauren Kinser, Central Hardin High School.

Contact: Chris Medina, (270) 745-5100.

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