Danville High School placed first overall at the Kentucky High School Speech League's Senior Division Regional Speech Tournament held Saturday, February 9, in Lexington at SCAPA-Bluegrass Middle School. The Bluegrass Region consists of Fayette County and the 35 counties immediately south of it. Lexington's Dunbar High School was second overall; Lexington Henry Clay placed third. 

Students in the contest competed in fourteen speech events. In each event, a Regional Champion and a Regional Runner-Up was named. DHS won Regional Championships in four of the events and Runner-Up titles in six. DHS has won the state speech tournament the last three years and is now a contender to do so again after a strong showing at one of the state's toughest regions (Dunbar and Henry Clay were 2nd and 3rd at State last year behind Danville). 

Pictured are the 24 participating students from DHS at the Regional Speech tournament as well as the Regional award winners. In the Awards picture, students/awards are (top row) Charlie Hall / Regional Champion Storytelling, Regional Runner-Up Humorous Interpretation; Lauren Lucas / Regional Runner-Up Declamation; Haley Hopkins / Regional Runner-Up Duo Interpretation; Joseth Warner / Regional Champion Prose, Regional Runner-Up Dramatic Interpretation, Regional Runner-Up Duo Interpretation; (bottom row) Natalie Grubbs / Regional Champion Dramatic Interpretation; Evey Kinkade / Regional Runner-Up Broadcasting; Samantha Sallee and Virginia Harp / Regional Champions Duo Interpretation; Emma Merryman / Regional Runner-Up Oratory. 


Eight Danville High School students won awards at Emory University's 64th Annual Barkley Forum for High Schools January 27 after three days of competition. After five preliminary rounds of contests in seven speech events, eliminations were made to the quarterfinals (top 24) in each event with subsequent cuts to semifinals (top 12) and finals (top 6). 

Two DHS students advanced to the final rounds in their events. Claire Strysick placed third overall in Informative Speaking; Joseth Warner placed fourth overall in Dramatic Interpretation. Also winning awards were semifinalists Taylor Ballard (Humorous Interpretation), Charlie Hall (Humorous Interpretation), and Emma Merryman (Oratory) plus quarterfinalists Haley Hopkins (Humorous Interpretation) and the Duo Interpretation team of Libby Hale and Barrett Minks. The students were given trophy keys as unique awards in this contest -- keys cast from an antique brass key hidden in Georgia before Sherman's March to the Sea in 1864 and used as the model for the trophies each year. Barkley Forum is a national contest with 1500 students participating from around the country and sponsored by the university's debate society.

The  DHS forensics team also participated in the Bardstown Invitational on January 26. Freshman Lauren Lucas was third in Declamation; sophomore Alexis Weathers placed third in Oratory. The team placed seventh overall in the contest



To celebrate the 25th year of the team this year, DHS 4n6 is going to have a reunion reception on the Saturday afternoon of the Brass Band Festival! All alumni students and coaches and supporters are invited to DHS for a reception and time to catch up with each other. Assuming we have folks advance to NSDA (formerly NFL) Nationals, we may have a performance or two as well.

WHERE: Danville High School cafeteria
WHEN: 8 June 2019, 1:30-4:30 PM

We hope to see all our alums there. And please help spread the word -- we want everyone there!!


Check out the 2019 Team and Results page for full lists of DHS awards at the Fall 2018 meets. DHS is off to a great start in the 2018-2019 season!

Below:  Memories from 2018! Hello 2019!!


Welcome to the website for Danville Forensics, one of Kentucky's top high school speech teams. Usually around 40 members, the team competes at tournaments around Kentucky and the nation with a regular season of late October through mid-March plus national tournaments in May and June.  

Danville Forensics is a proud member of the National Speech and Debate Association, the National Catholic Forensic League, the Kentucky High School Speech League, and the Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association. 
DHS is the only Kentucky team in history to win all four of these organizations' state championships in one year or ever (in 2008, 2012, and 2017). Cool.