Tilghman Speech Trio Captures Top Ten Finish at Lexington Tournament
Walden took 2nd in Storytelling while Hassel teamed with senior Carter Vaughn to take third in Improvisational Duo. In the day’s second tournament, each of the Tilghman performers also added a 7th place finish: Hassel in Humorous Interpretation; Vaughn in Broadcasting, and Walden in Storytelling.
Hassel, Walden and Vaughn were the only members of the Tilghman squad competing but they scored enough points to beat 14 of the 24 schools and earn 10th place overall in the team category. There were over 500 entries and six rounds of competition
Walden earned enough competition points to move into the National Speech and Debate League’s “Degree of Special Distinction,” membership which is awarded by the honor society to high school speech and debate members who achieve 500 competition points. She is the third member of the current Tilghman team in the elite “Distinction” category. Hassel and junior Meg Hancock also hold “Degrees of Superior Distinction.”
Paducah Tilghman is currently ranked in the top seven per cent of the nation’s nearly 8000 Speech and Debate Teams.
On Saturday, January 17, 205 the team will host the 10th Annual Tornado Alley Speech Invitational at Paducah Tilghman High School, 2400 Washington St. The event is free and open to the public. Finals are projected to begin at 2:30 PM.