LCHS Speech Team dominates competition

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 The LaRue County High School Speech and Debate team continued their recent dominance of regional opponents this past Saturday at Kentucky Country Day School in Louisville. 

The LCHS team racked up wins in seven of the 12 speaking events, with several others making the final rounds and bringing home trophies. 

Senior Zach Thurman led off the day with a sixth-place finish in broadcast announcing and first-place wins in prose and storytelling. 

Sophomore Brian Anderson again led the team in individual results, notching first-place wins in extemporaneous speaking, impromptu and poetry. 

Junior Christian Pope also won multiple events, coming in first in oratorical declamation and first in improv duo with partner John Cameron. 

Rounding out the awards were the duo acting team of Alison Schurfeld and Elijah Thomas, who finished fourth; and Joey Gearon nabbing two trophies of the day with a second-place finish in extemp and a third in impromptu. 

Madison Lee and Alison Schurfeld finished second and third in original oratory respectively. 

Elijah Thomas joined the multiple-trophy club with a fifth-place finish in poetry and a second-place finish in prose.

Senior Amarah Reed completed the LCHS sweep of the top three spots in prose, finishing third.

In the overall team sweepstakes, LCHS routed the competition, finishing first with a team total of 220 points, beating out Knott County Central High School (162 points) and North Oldham High School (152 points). 

The team will return to competition with upcoming tournaments at Trinity and Assumption high schools in Louisville before heading out-of-state for the Barkley Forum held at Emory University in Atlanta.