Danville teams place high in speech events

March 28, 2004

Danville High School placed second and third at two of Kentucky's top speech tournaments over the past two weekends.

DHS competed at the Kentucky District tournament of the National Forensic League, the national honorary society for speech and debate. Six students advanced to the National tournament (in Salt Lake City the third week of June) after two days of competitions against Kentucky's top speakers. The team placed two points behind Rowan County and second overall in the team competition, and the team was awarded the Chapter Achievement Award.

Senior Logan Scisco had first place finishes in United States Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, and the Senate. Allowed only one contest at Nationals, his fourth trip representing Kentucky there, Scisco chose U.S. Extemp. Scisco was also recognized with the Harlen Hamm Award, a cash prize given yearly in memory of the former longtime speech coach from Morehead who also served as the chair of the Kentucky District. Other DHS entries advancing to Nationals were: Jordan Baeker, first in Original Oratory; Zeke Goggin and Dawn Schulz, second in Duo Interpretation; and the winners of the two Houses of Representatives in the Student Congress, Bill Ellis and David Stroup.


Advancing to the finals but not to nationals were Zeke Goggin and Mason Scisco (Humorous Interpretation), Dawn Schulz (Dramatic Interpretation), David Stroup (U.S. Extemporaneous), and the Duo Interpretation teams of Katie Nedvidek/Mason Scisco and Ross Johnson/Katherine Nelson.

At the 16th annual Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association Forum held March 11-13 in Lexington, DHS placed third as a team. Seniors Adam Hoover and Mauricus Lofton led the team with first in Extemporaneous Speaking and second in Impromptu plus a semifinal appearance in Solo Acting for Hoover and the top prize in Solo Acting, second in Poetry, fourth in Prose, and semifinals in Dramatic Interpretation for Lofton. Senior Jordan Baeker also was recognized for 10th place in John Edwards Quadrathon, a recognition to the students who compete in all three types of events: Prepared Speaking, Limited Preparation Speaking, and Interpretation.

KESDA results

Results for KESDA include:

Broadcasting: semifinals, Mary Beth Ballard and Logan Scisco; quarterfinals: Jordan Baeker, Bill Ellis, Ross Johnson.

Declamation: semifinals, Ross Johnson, Mason Scisco.

Dramatic Interp: fifth, Courtney Givens; semifinals, Zeke Goggin, Mauricus Lofton.

Duo Interp: semifinals, Mary Beth Ballard and David Stroup; quarterfinals, Jordan Baeker and Keeton Terry, Matt DeLuca and Reid Williams, Ross Johnson and Katherine Nelson, Zeke Goggin and Dawn Schulz.

Extemporaneous: first, Adam Hoover; semifinals, Bill Ellis, Kim Milburn, Logan Scisco, David Stroup.

Humorous Interp: third, Zeke Goggin; fourth, Mason Scisco.

Impromptu Speaking: second, Adam Hoover; semifinals, Bill Ellis, Logan Scisco, David Stroup.

Improvisational Duo: fourth, Zeke Goggin and Ralph Morrison; sixth, Beth Milby and Dawn Schulz; semifinals, Caroline Crowley and Chelsey Wood; Mason Scisco and David Stroup.

Informative Speaking, sixth, Charlotte Crowley; semifinals, Caroline Crowley.

Persuasive Speaking: fifth, Jordan Baeker; semifinals, John Patrick Allen, Molly Weston.

Poetry: second, Mauricus Lofton; sixth, Courtney Givens; seventh, Aaron Jenkins; quarterfinals, Megan DeAraujo, Beth Milby, Dawn Schulz.

Programmed Oral Interp: third, Jordan Baeker; sixth, Zeke Goggin; semifinals, Aaron Jenkins, David Stroup

Prose: fourth, Mauricus Lofton; semifinals, Mary Beth Ballard; quarterfinals, Mayra Angel, Beth Milby, Dawn Schulz, Megan DeAraujo, Deming Williams.

Quadrathon: Jordan Baeker, 10th.

Solo Acting: first, Mauricus Lofton; semifinals, Mayra Angel, Adam Hoover, Dawn Schulz.

Storytelling: semifinals, Ralph Morrison.

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