Paducah Middle Speech Qualifies Seven for State at Junior Hilltopper Tournament
The Paducah Middle School speech team turned in a strong performance at the Junior Hilltopper tournament at Western Kentucky University on December 1. Maddie Ybarzabal placed first in Solo Acting, Michael Ellen Walden placed second in Interpretation of Literature, Claire Kelly and Caroline Meiners placed second in Duo Acting, Chloe Bilak and Grace Denton placed fifth in Duo Acting, and Will Denton placed fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking. Ybarzabal, Walden, Kelly/Meiners, and Bilak/Denton all qualified to compete in the State Tournament in March.
Team members who did not advance to the final round but placed first, second or third in a preliminary round include Ella Bailey, Jamie Black, Nina Brown, Darlena Cook, Amiya Jones, Yesmina Townsley, and Alexandra Wisner.