DHS places second in state speech tourney

Scisco defends championship

March 30, 2004

Danville High School placed second at the state speech tournament last weekend at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

The Kentucky High School Speech League's state tournament is an annual event featuring students who have advanced from regional contests held around the state in February.

DHS has placed second at this tournament three times previously, in 1998, 1999, and 2000.

This year, senior Logan Scisco led the DHS slate by defending his state championship in extemporaneous speaking, placing first in radio broadcasting and third in impromptu speaking. He also received one of two Gifford Blyton Scholarships given at the tournament. The scholarships, which honor the longtime debate coach at Western, come with cash prizes.

In a letter recommending Scisco for the scholarship, DHS coach Steve Meadows wrote, "Logan is simply one of the most dependable, hard-working, reliable students I've ever encountered - probably the most."


Meadows' letter also listed the numerous top finishes and awards Logan has achieved in his four years on the team in district, regional, state and national speech competitions.

Eleven entries from DHS advanced to the state finals in speech: Scisco's three events plus Jordan Baeker, fourth in radio broadcasting; Mason Scisco, fourth in humorous interpretation and fourth in dramatic interpretation; Aaron Jenkins, sixth in dramatic interpretation; Adam Hoover, third in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in impromptu speaking; John Patrick Allen, third in original oratory; and Mauricus Lofton, second in poetry.

Twelve additional DHS entries advanced to the state semifinals before being eliminated: Charlotte Crowley in radio broadcasting and original oratory; Mauricus Lofton in dramatic interpretation and prose; Katie Nedvidek and Mason Scisco in duo interpretation; David Stroup in extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking; Zeke Goggin and Chelsey Wood in humorous interpretation; Jordan Baeker in original oratory; Courtney Givens in solo acting; and Ralph Morrison in storytelling.

Meanwhile, in another competition held Thursday at Western, DHS placed fourth overall at the state debate tournament, despite competing in only one of the three events, Student Congress. DHS captured four of the top six spots in Congress and five of the 16 finals slots. Logan Scisco won first with David Stroup third, Bill Ellis fourth, and Zeke Goggin sixth. Senior Adam Hoover also advanced to the finals.

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