Another round of Milwaukee excellence!

We missed two LD Debaters in our parade of excellence at CFL Nats!  Bravo to Ryle’s Abbey  Birch (triple octos) and Dunbar’s Sadie Bograd (double octos) for talking their way into the awards rounds!

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Kentucky brews excellence in Milwaukee

Special congratulations to our state for outstanding performances at the NCFL Grand National Speech and Debate Tournament this past weekend in Milwaukee — an event in its 67th year with over 2000 entries who qualified from 66 local leagues and 524 high schools!  Kentucky’s delegation (via the Louisville Diocese) had an amazing showing with 16 breaks into awards rounds from approximately 240 entries in each event in prelims!
Kudos to these amazing competitors and their coaches:
SEMIFINALISTS (top 12 in Speech, top 48 in Congress):
Joseth Warner, Danville High School — Dramatic Performance
Hacker/Payton, Henry Clay High School — Duo Interpretation
Christian Butterfield, Bowling Green High School — Student Congress
QUARTERFINALISTS (top 24 in Speech):
Natalie Grubbs, Danville High School — Dramatic Performance
Riggs/Riggs, Bethlehem High School — Duo Interpretation
Marina Smart, Murray High School — Extemporaneous Speaking
Mark Ge, North Oldham High School — Extemporaneous Speaking
Jillian Donelson, North Oldham High School — Oral Interpretation
OCTOFINALISTS (top 48 in Speech):
Lauren Lucas, Danville High School — Declamation
Justin Witt, Hazard High School — Declamation
Maggie Qin, Rowan County High School — Declamation
Donson/Liu, Dunbar High School — Duo Interpretation
Carli Hall, Bardstown High School — Oral Interpretation
Jack Neel, Bethlehem High School — Oral Intepretation
Claire Strysick, Danville High School — Oratory
Parker Smith, Dunbar High School — Oratory
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KHSSL Board Meeting 6/1/2019

The KHSSL Board will meet June 1, 2019, at 9 AM at Murray High School. The Board’s agenda is published at this link.


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April 2019 KHSSL Update

Hello KHSSL members and friends!


At this link please find the Summary of Discussion from the Board meeting in Louisville April 13.   The agenda was quite long, so many items were tabled to the follow-up meeting, which will be held in Murray June 1.


Among the highlights of the April 13 meeting:


* A revision to the 1/100 rule in Speech events plus a guideline system for how to award ratings points at tournaments. See the revised points document we passed at the link.


* The State Debate tournament is now open to all grades, not just Senior High. This also means that anyone who has competed in Debate in a prior year (no matter what grade) will be ineligible to compete in Novice Debate. The Board is hopeful this will not only encourage more participation in Debate at the state tournament but also settle any questions about who’s a Novice and who isn’t.


* The Board is pursuing how to become a 501c3 organization plus what is involved in hiring an employee with possible action on these taken at next meeting.


A draft of next year’s tournament schedule is posted on the KHSSL website and will be updated as members suggest other dates (Bardstown High School has moved its date from November to January already in the two weeks since the Board meeting). We are still working on setting dates for Senior Debate and Senior Speech, and we welcome tournaments being added to the calendar, so if you have ever thought about hosting one, the Board promises to provide you help to do so.


I’m also linking the plus the next meeting agenda. If you have other items the Board needs to address, please email by Memorial Day.


I wish everyone a great end to the school year. May the Words be with you!


Yours —


Steve Meadows, on behalf of the Kentucky High School Speech League Board of Directors

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KHSSL Senior (Speech & Debate) Results

Congratulations to our state Debate tournament award winners!
1st   Henry Clay
2nd  Dunbar
3rd  duPont Manual
4th  North Oldham
5th  Trinity
6th  Ryle
Congratulations to our state Senior Speech tournament award winners!
1st   Danville
2nd  Dunbar
3rd  Rowan County
4th  Cooper
5th  Bethlehem
6th  Henry Clay
7th  Murray
8th  Boone County
9th  Bowling Green
10th Knott County Central
Sustained Excellence Trophy:  Henry Clay
Debate Coach of the Year:  Amy Zuccaro, Trinity
Speech Coach of the Year:  Katey Blood, Cooper
Blyton Book Award:  Carly Crawford, Assumption
Blyton Scholarship: Zach Martin, Bowling Green
Awards of Distinction:
Calloway County
Daviess County
Kentucky Country Day
We also inducted Rachel Page (Ryle) and Molly Seifert (Beechwood) into the KHSSL Hall of Fame. 
Bravo bravo bravo!!!
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KHSSL Junior Results!

We had a GREAT KHSSL Junior State Speech Tournament Friday and Saturday. Congratulations to all these fine award winners:


1st       SCAPA, Bluegrass

2nd     Hindman Elementary

3rd     Calloway County Middle

4th     Bowling Green Junior High

5th     Gray Middle

6th     Kentucky Country Day School

7th     Murray Middle

8th     Paducah Middle

9th     Beechwood Elementary

10th    Highlands Middle



East Hardin Middle

Jones Fork Elementary

Martha Jane Potter Elementary

Robinson Elementary

Woodland Middle


SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE TROPHY:  Calloway County Middle School

COACH OF THE YEAR: Rachel Retherford, Woodland Middle School

BLYTON BOOK AWARD:  Emaan Sayied, Kentucky Country Day

We also inducted Chuck Stamper (Johnson County schools, etc.) and Mary Allen (Hindman Elementary) into the KHSSL Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all!

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The Kentucky High School Speech League’s state speech tournament for middle schools is being held on the campus of the University of Kentucky March 1 and 2, 2019.

All tournament information is at the Tabroom site for the contest, May the words be with our junior speakers!

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