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LCHS speech team takes 15th in Yale Invitational

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Kentucky competitions begin later this month

By The Staff

The LaRue County High School speech team began its season in high form, securing a coup at the Sept. 24-26 Yale Speech and Debate Invitational in Connecticut. Eight members of the LCHS team competed in the prestigious, national-caliber tournament. Half of them brought home honors.

The tournament hosted 147 schools with about 1,350 entries in 10 events. It was the largest Yale tournament in history.

Speech Coach Katy Cecil said there were “at least 100 in each event. LaRue took eight entries, and ended up 15th overall. (It’s a) great start to our year.”

Senior Ian Mather, Cecil’s nephew, won the title in prose/poetry interpretation. It’s not a first for Mather. He’s been competing since fifth grade and also won the first-place title in poetry interpretation in the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in Fuller, Calif. earlier this year.

Mather competed also in dramatic interpretation.

Three teammates made it to semi-finals. Seniors Angelia Whitlock and Jeshua Logsdon took fifth in duo; senior Timmy Gibson was 11th in prose/poetry out of 104 competitors.

Senior Mac Blair competed in dramatic interpretation; senior Spenser Reed competed in congress. Juniors Chelsea Blair was in oratory; Cody Thompson in dramatic interpretation.

“These students have been working since the middle of the summer to prepare their presentations, and their hard work has clearly paid off,” said Cecil. “This is an incredible start to their season.”

The team will begin competing in Kentucky tournaments at the end of October. Cecil plans to take them to several more out-of-state tournaments, including ones in Chicago, Atlanta, Virginia, and Massachusetts throughout the year. 

“All of these students are incredibly talented,” said Cecil. “They deserve to have as many opportunities to shine as I can give them, and we are just so lucky to have a board of education and an administration that supports that view.”