Opening the season as National Speech and Debate Association Kentucky All-State Team members are seniors Jack Daniels, Meg Hancock, Micheal Hassel, Palmer Stroup, and Kathryn Winfield and juniors Claire Kelly and Michael Ellen Walden.
Hassel and Hancock are the top ranked male and female in the region. Both rank among the top 15 competitors in the state.
Hassel ranks 4th in the nation in Improvisational Duo, and Hassel and Walden rank 5th and 6th, respectively, in the nation in Duo Acting.
In addition to their pre-season All-State designations, Daniels, Hancock, Hassel, Kelly, Stroup, and Walden hold NSDA service citations, national awards given for service to others and for upholding the core ideals of the National Speech and Debate Association.
Stroup leads the team and region in service citation strength.
The team will commence its season in September in collaboration with the Kentucky Storytelling Association to celebrate Kentucky Storytelling Week. Competition will begin in October. The team will compete in Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
The Tilghman team is the defending regional champ with a trifecta of regional championship titles in 2013, 2014, and 2015.