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

DALLAS:  Five recent graduates of Danville High School competed in the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament held in Dallas June 16-22. The five entries’ combined scores earned Danville a National School of Excellence in Speech award, signifying that the Speaking Admirals placed in the top 20 of more than 1300 schools in attendance (schools are not individually notified of their rankings, but the top 20 scores overall are marked as Schools of Excellence). The Admirals scores came from strong showings by its individual members competing. Joseth Warner (Dramatic Interpretation), Emma Merryman (Oratory), and Claire Strysick (Oratory) all advanced through six preliminary rounds and two Octofinal rounds (top 60) in their events to the Quarterfinal rounds (top 30). Additionally, Natalie Grubbs (Informative) cleared the six preliminary rounds into the Octofinals (top 60). This is Danville’s second School of Excellence Award, with the first won in Wichita in 2007. Only one other Kentucky high school (Rowan County) has ever earned this honor.

In addition to their main events, students eliminated before Thursday’s competitions were able to enter Supplemental events. Natalie Grubbs survived eight rounds in Prose and was named a tournament Semifinalist. Emma Merryman also advanced into the Semifinals in Impromptu, and Katie Critchfield earned honors in Commentary by advancing past the preliminary cuts. 

Retiring coach Steve Meadows was inducted into the National Speech and Debate Association’s Hall of Fame with four other coaches (from Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri) in a ceremony early in the week. He joins longtime University of Kentucky Debate Coach J. W. Patterson as the only other Kentuckian voted into the society by the current members of the Hall of Fame and the nation’s coaches with three coaching Diamonds or more. Meadows will begin work as the Executive Director of the Kentucky High School Speech League this fall. 


MILWAUKEE: Four members of the Danville High School forensics team advanced to the awards rounds at the 67th annual National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Speech and Debate Tournament held in Milwaukee over Memorial Day weekend. Over 2000 entries from 524 high schools across the country, the winners of 66 league contests around the nation, competed in the two-day event held at Marquette University and around Milwaukee.

Four of Danville’s five entries advanced past the four preliminary rounds into the awards rounds of the contest, a strong showing given that only twenty percent of the entries advance in each event. Joseth Warner led the Admirals with a top 12 (semifinalist) showing in Dramatic Performance. Natalie Grubbs was top 24 (quarterfinalist) in Dramatic Performance, and DHS had two octofinalists (top 48): Claire Strysick in Oratory and Lauren Lucas in Declamation.




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.