Hassel Takes 2nd in Speech Season Opener
Senior Micheal Hassel finished as tournament runner up, earning second place in Storytelling for his performance of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. Hassel also placed ninth overall in the Prose category.
Seniors Meg Hancock and Kathryn Winfield each placed seventh overall in their competition categories. Hancock earned her designation in Impromptu Speaking, and Winfield captured seventh overall in Poetry.
Joining Hassel in the top-15 overall in the Prose competition were sophomore Anna Shelton (11th) and seniors Kathryn Winfield (12th) and Jack Daniels (13th).
Other top-15 overall finishes were earned by Daniels (9th Impromptu), Hancock (11th Extemporaneous), and sophomore Anna Grace McGee (10th Oratory, 11th Poetry).
Earning top three finishes in preliminary rounds were Daniels (2nd Impromptu, 3rd Prose), Hancock (2nd Extemporaneous, 2nd Impromptu), Hassel (1st Prose, 1st Storytelling), McGee (2nd Oratory, 2nd Poetry), Shelton (2nd Prose), and Winfield (1st and 2nd Poetry, 2nd Prose).
First year coach Tony Cardon earned his membership in the National Speech and Debate Association with a Degree of Merit.
The Paducah Tilghman Speech and Debate Team has held the title of Regional Champion for the past three years. There are currently seven members on the Kentucky All-State Team. Among the current team members are two holding national rankings, one Academic All-American, six members with national service citations, an American Legion and Rotary regional speech champion, Mr. Boys State and runner up for Mr. Boys Nation, a member of the NSDA student advisory board, and regional oratory and duo interpretation champions.
Photo: Anna Shelton, Kathryn Winfield, Meg Hancock, Jack Daniels, Anna Grace McGee, Micheal Hassel