Daniels, Hancock Named Speech Tournament Champions; Six Others Achieve Podium Finishes at Murray High
Earning third place overall wins were Daniels (Broadcasting), junior John Holtgrewe (Extemporaneous Speaking), and senior Kathryn Winfield (Poetry).
Fourth place overall wins went to junior Nina Brown (Dramatic Interpretation) and Daniels (Impromptu Speaking).
Freshmen sisters Addie and Kate Rogers, competing in their first high school speech competition, earned a fifth place overall win in Duo Interpretation.
Rounding out the podium wins with sixth place overall finishes were Winfield (Prose) and junior Monyette Drew and partner Winfield (Improvisational Duo).
Earning top three finishes in preliminary rounds were A. Rogers (Broadcasting - 2nd), Hancock (Impromptu - 1st), sophomore Anna Shelton (Prose - 2nd, Dramatic Interpretation - 3rd), junior Landon Rutherford (Broadcasting - 2nd and 3rd), Drew (Poetry - 2nd), sophomore Anna Grace McGee (Extemporaneous Speaking - 3rd, Original Oratory - 3rd, Poetry - 3rd), and junior Skylar Bundy (Storytelling - 3rd).
Paducah Tilghman took fourth place overall in tournament sweepstakes.
Earning their memberships in the National Speech and Debate Association at Degrees of Merit were Addie Rogers and Anna Shelton. Advancing to Degrees of Honor were Landon Rutherford and team coach Tony Cardon. Advancing to a Degree of Excellence was sophomore Ella Bailey. Jack Daniels advanced to a Degree of Special Distinction.
Advancing in national recognitions for outstanding service to the community in public speaking related efforts were Hancock, fellow seniors Micheal Hassel and Palmer Stroup, and juniors Claire Kelly and Michael-Ellen Walden. Hancock, Hassel, and Stroup each earned his or her third national service citation; Kelly and Walden each earned a second citation.
The team will compete at Marshall County High School on December 5.
Front row: Nina Brown, Anna Shelton, Anna Grace McGee, Kate Rogers, Kathryn Winfield, Meg Hancock, Monyette Drew, Jack Daniels, Addie Rogers
Back row: Landon Rutherford, Skylar Bundy, John Holtgrewe