The LaRue County High School Speech Team started the new season with a very respectable showing at their first competition Oct. 29 at Bardstown High School.
Six students advanced to finals in eight categories. Three of those six were freshmen who are brand new to the LCHS speech team this year. The team took fifth at the tournament.
Senior Chelsea Blair took third place in Oratory; senior Kaitlyn Burden took fifth in Poetry; junior James Reding took second place in Extemp and third place in Impromptu; freshman Brian Anderson double-finaled at his first speech tournament ever and took fourth place in Impromptu and sixth place in Extemp. The other two freshmen finalists are former LCMS speech team members, and they brought those skills to the high school team ready to compete and win. Alison Schurfeld took fifth in Declamation; Sydney Cline captured third in Humorous Interp.
“We are definitely in a rebuilding year,” said head coach Katy Cecil, “but I am so encouraged by what I saw at the tournament this weekend. I think you will continue to see these and several of our other students in the paper in the weeks and months to come.”
Cecil went on to point out that she shares several team members with the band, so “we were a few men down, since they were busy winning KMEA State Band Championships this weekend.”
She expects to see even better results at the team’s upcoming tournament on Nov. 5, hosted by Calloway County.