If excitement and anticipation had specific smells, they might smell a whole lot like delivery pizza and teenage perspiration.
Those were the scents wafting through the Boyle County High School front entrance hallway Saturday morning as more than 400 students from across the state rushed from office to cafeteria to classroom, practicing their arguments, working on their lines and adjusting their suits and ties.
The students were participating in the first ever Danville/Boyle County joint event in competitive public speaking, also known as forensics. Danville has been on the forensics scene for a long time, hosting a tournament every year for the last 17 years.
This year, which is only the second for Boyle County’s own forensics team, the two schools combined forces to host the “Firsts and Foremosts Swing,” two forensics tournaments held on the same day. The event attracted 24 schools from every corner of the state.
“It’s exciting because usually, our two schools don’t do stuff like that. Usually, they’re rivals,” Danville Forensics Coach Steve Meadows said. “The speech team world is not like that; the speech team world is very friendly.”