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Showcase features speech team talent

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The LaRue County community will have a chance to see the state championship and nationally recognized performances of several speech students at a showcase being hosted by the LaRue County High School Speech team this month. The showcase will take place 6:30 p.m. April 28 in the LCHS auditorium and is free to the public.

The team boasts four state championships this year, and attendees of the showcase will get to see each of the championship performances, including an extemporaneous speech and a prepared oratory by Brian Anderson, a prose reading by Curtis Milby, and a poetry performance by Elijah Thomas. 

Thomas and Milby will also perform their nationally ranked duo interpretation which depicts a cutting of scenes from the 2010 film The King’s Speech.

“Each of these students will be competing nationally in the coming weeks in attempts to bring more national recognition to the LaRue County Speech Program,” said head coach Katy Cecil, “and they are all projected to do quite well. I know that the people in the town have been reading about the kids in the paper and on social media. They know they are doing fabulously well, and many of them have expressed a desire to see their performances.  This is their chance.”

The showcase will be free to all attendees, and homemade desserts will be served at intermission. This will be the last opportunity to showcase the talents of Milby and Thomas before they end their senior year with LCHS Speech.

“Curtis and Elijah plan to continue their speech careers in college.  They have both signed to compete for WKU starting in the fall, and will be on scholarship.  They are incredible young men, and they will continue to accomplish great things.  I am so happy to give everyone the opportunity to see what the hype is all about,” continued Cecil. “We just want to show the town what we are doing. We have had a great year, and I want to share with the whole community how awesome these kids are.” 

Also performing at the showcase will be senior Joey Gearon who has earned spots to compete at the Extemp Tournament of Champions and both national tournaments along with Anderson. Several of the younger underclassmen are also slated to perform to display the up and coming talent of the team.  “The younger students who perform will do only short excerpts from their pieces, but the students who will be attending the tournaments we still have left to attend this year will perform their entire selections for the audience,” said Cecil. “We are hoping for a big crowd, because we have a lot to celebrate.”

The doors will open at 6 p.m. for the showcase, and no admission will be charged.  Donations toward the program to help defray the costs of the upcoming national tournaments will be accepted, but are not expected. 

Desserts for intermission will be provided by the parents of the speech team members and some will be donated by local businesses, including Paula’s Hot Biscuit. For further information, Katy Cecil can be contacted at katy.cecil@larue.kyschools.us.