DHS forensics chapter earns national award

October 21, 2003

The Danville High School National Forensics League Chapter has been awarded the Leading Chapter Award in the NFL's Kentucky district.

The prestigious national award, based on student participation and other factors, is the highest honor the NFL can bestow upon a chapter. Only one school in each NFL district receives the award annually, and a winning chapter must wait at least five years before being eligible for the award again.

This year, the Danville chapter is one of 102 NFL chapters to receive the Leading Chapter Award. There are more than 2,700 NFL chapters around the country.

The DHS forensics team has 44 members.

"The Leading Chapter Award recognizes not only the overall participation students have in a chapter but also the progress members of a team make toward attaining different degree levels through their accomplishments in tournaments and overall performance," said Steve Meadows, coach of the DHS team and a speech and drama teacher at the high school.


The DHS team has won several regional and national honors in the last few years. In the 2003 national tournament, the DHS team ranked in the top five. Also, two DHS team members in recent years have been national champions.

The DHS NFL chapter was founded 54 years ago, but it has not been active throughout all of that time.

Meadows credited Virginia Biles, a retired DHS teacher who was a forensics student and later a coach, with reviving the chapter several years ago and laying the foundation for the success it has achieved in recent years. Cindy Parker, an English teacher and a former member of Biles' team, is Meadows' assistant.

"We have quite a bit of history in this chapter, one with some periods of dormancy and then revival," said Meadows.

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