We talk to walls. They give us prizes for it.


Danville High School won the Kentucky High School Speech League's State Speech tournament for the fourth straight year Saturday at the University of Kentucky. Twenty-six DHS students competed in fourteen speech events over two days and six rounds of competition. DHS also won three of the events, with Charlie Hall named State Champion in two events (Humorous Interpretation and Storytelling) plus Emma Merryman State Champion in Oratory. Nine more DHS entries advanced to the final rounds (top six) in their events: Merryman in Impromptu (second), Joseth Warner in Dramatic Interpretation (second) and Prose (fourth), Claire Strysick in Informative Speaking (third) and Oratory (third), Lauren Lucas in Declamation (third), Taylor Ballard in Storytelling (third), Natalie Grubbs in Informative Speaking (fourth), and Barrett Minks in Prose (fifth).

DHS trailed in the first five rounds of the contest. After the first three rounds (preliminaries), Lexington Dunbar led by nine points over second-place Danville with Rowan County nine points back from Danville. After the Quarterfinal Rounds (top 24 in each event) were completed, Rowan County had nineteen semifinalists followed by eighteen each for Dunbar and Danville. The Admirals had strong showings in Semifinals, advancing twelve entries into the finals (compared to Dunbar's eight and Rowan's ten), and Danville's strong performance in Finals sealed the victory for the Admirals, who placed first overall by twenty-six points over second-place Dunbar with Rowan four points back from Dunbar. Also placing in the top ten were (in order) Cooper, Bethlehem, Henry Clay, Murray, Boone County, Bowling Green, and Knott County Central. 

Also winning honors for Danville were Semifinalists (top 12) Summer Quinn (Broadcasting), Samatha Sallee (Dramatic Interpretation and Informative Speaking), the Duo Interpretation team of Libby Hale and Barrett Minks, Libby Hale (Poetry), and Natalie Grubbs (Program Oral Interpretation). Quarterfinalists (top 24) were Megan Goosey (Declamation), Abigail Anderson (Extemporaneous Speaking), Katie Critchfield (Extemporaneous Speaking), the Improvisational Duo team of Jenna Haines and Madelyn Mullins, Virginia Harp (Oratory), Emma Merryman (Program Oral Interpretation), and Evey Kinkade (Storytelling). Additionally, at the KHSSL State Debate tournament the two days prior, DHS students Katie Critchfield and Libby Hale advanced past three preliminary sessions into the final (top 24) session of Congressional Debate.

5 Kids Headed to Milwaukee -- DHS WINS KCFL!

Congratulations to the DHS Forensics team! At the Kentucky CFL District Tournament held in Hodgenville on Saturday (3/9), the team placed first overall for the state, the team's 22nd win in 25 years at this contest. Five DHS entries advanced to the Grand Nationals, to be held in Milwaukee Memorial Day weekend. Advancing from Danville are (left to right in the photo) Lauren Lucas (Declamation), Joseth Warner (Dramatic Performance, Katie Critchfield (Extemporaneous Speaking), Natalie Grubbs (Dramatic Performance), and Claire Strysick (Oratory)!



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!!


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.