More from Wake Forest

Congrats to Katy Estes of Henry Clay and Seth Thompson from duPont Manual. Katy’s cleared to semis in JV LD, while Seth made it to Quarters in VLD on a 3-0 decision.

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In late breaking news, Congrats! to Henry Clay’s Emmet Allen and Katy Estes, clearing to Quarterfinals in JV LD and Henna Khan, who’s cleared to Semis in HI!

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News from Winston-Salem

Our Special Reporter, Ryan Ray, lets us know of Kentucky success at the Wake Forest Earlybird Tournament this weekend. Congratulations to out to the following KHSSL members:

From Henry Clay High School:

Henna Khan–Quarterfinalist in Humorous Interp
Rachael Gilbert–Semifinalist in Impromptu
Emmet Allen–Double-octofinalist in JV Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Katy Estes–Double-octofinalist in JV Lincoln-Douglas Debate

From DuPont Manual High School:

Seth Thompson–Double-octofinalist in Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Seth is seeded high enough that he received a bye into Octofinals.

More reports tomorrow as we go along!

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Handbook Posted

After wading through some file corruption issues, the KHSSL Handbook for 2014-15 is now posted in the Directory and Handbook page!

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Program Oral Interpretation

Please click on the link to download the rules to our new Senior Division Event, Program Oral Interpretation!

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The fourth annual SPEAK conference for middle and high school speech and debate educators will be held on September 26 at the University of Kentucky.  SPEAK (the Speech Professional Education Alliance of Kentucky) is sponsored by the Kentucky District of the National Speech and Debate Association and co-sponsored by the Kentucky High School Speech League, the Kentucky Catholic Forensic League, the Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association, and the Division of Instructional Communication at the University of Kentucky.

SPEAK 2014 will be kicked off by Kentucky High School Speech League Hall of Fame coach Mark Etherton of Murray and Rowan County High Schools.  Mr. Etherton coached multiple state champion teams and individual state and national champions during his teaching career.  His keynote speech will address Kentucky Speech and Debate, Past and Future, and will lead into a conference-wide roundtable discussion about the role of speech and debate in today’s educational climate.  Attendees will address Program Reviews, the Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening, and how speech and debate classes and competitions can fulfill new needs raised by these educational advances.  After lunch, attendees will choose two of nine seminars addressing topics from teaching the Common Core communication standards in content areas to teaching the basic speech class to coaching new and established speech and debate teams.

Registration is due by Monday, September 22, via Fees for registration are $40 (due upon arrival) and include a catered lunch.  Certificates of attendance as well as door prizes will be given.  Additional information about the conference, seminars, and discounted hotel rates as well as additional support material for speech and debate educators will be found at the SPEAK website (  Online registration will be live 8/25/14 and will end 9/22/14.

Any middle or high school teacher of speech, debate, communications, or who is helping teach the Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening or who is involved in the Program Reviews for Writing or Arts and Humanities is strongly urged to attend.  Administrators and other interested parties are also welcomed.  Please join us at this very special event on 9/26 in Lexington.  We can’t wait to SPEAK with you!

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EXTEMP Coaching Training

Our own Mr. Bill and Ms. Ginger let us know:


COACHING EXTEMP 101: INTENSIVE training for anyone interested in coaching extemporaneous speaking.
DATE: August 30th
TIME: 9 to 5
PLACE: LaRue County High School
COST: $25 per person or $50 per school – If cost is an issue please contact us. We don’t want anyone to be excluded due to budgetary constraints. Checks should be made out to Bill Thompson
TRAINER: Bill Thompson
MORE DETAILS: See the previous post.  Contact Ginger Tomlinson at for all sorts of info!

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