2018 Team & Results


Danville High School’s forensics team brought home 22 awards including tournament champions in Extemporaneous Speaking and Storytelling, placing second overall as a team behind Lexington Henry Clay. Bardstown Bethlehem, Bowling Green, LaRue County, and Knott County Central rounded out the top six schools attending (of 12).

Juniors Katie Critchfield (Extemporaneous Speaking) and Charlie Hall (Storytelling) led the team with championships in their events. Additionally, Hall placed in Oratory and Humorous Interpretation. Other tournament award winners were Samantha Sallee (fourth Declamation), Joseth Warner (fifth Dramatic Interpretation), Caroline Bugg (second Extemporaneous Speaking and second Impromptu Speaking), Haley Hopkins (fifth Humorous Interpretation), Emma Merryman (fifth Impromptu Speaking and second Informative Speaking), Becky Mohr (third Impromptu Speaking and fourth Oratory), Natalie Grubbs (sixth Informative Speaking), Claire Strysick (third Informative Speaking), Kyle Dean (fifth Poetry), Paige Glasser (fifth Program Oral Interpretation), Sara Barringer (second Storytelling), and the teams of Haley Hopkins and Joseth Warner (second Duo Interpretation and fourth Improvisational Duo), Sara Barringer and Kelsie Steber (third Duo Interpretation), and Virginia Harp and Samantha Sallee (fourth Duo Interpretation).  


Danville High School placed first of twenty-six schools from nine states at the Western Kentucky University Hilltopper Speech Tournament on Saturday, December 9. The victory was especially sweet after three consecutive years of being that tournament’s runner-up. Bardstown Bethlehem was a close second with 114 points behind Danville’s 120; Rowan County was third, Ravenwood (TN) fourth, and Huntington (WV) fifth.

Twelve DHS entries advanced through three large preliminary rounds to compete in the final round for the top six awards in each event. Earning honors for the Speaking Admirals were Emma Merryman (second Impromptu and fourth Informative), Haley Hopkins and Joseth Warner (second Duo Interpretation), Sara Barringer (third Storytelling), Becky Mohr (fourth Oratory and fifth Impromptu), Samantha Sallee (fourth Declamation), Charlie Hall (fifth Storytelling), Natalie Grubbs (fifth Prose), Sara Barringer and Kelsie Steber (fifth Duo Interpretation), Joseth Warner (sixth Dramatic Interpretation), and Virginia Harp and Samantha Sallee (sixth Duo Interpretation). The largest two events, Prose and Poetry, included a Semifinal round between Prelims and Finals.  Danville’s Lina Morales (Poetry) and Libby Hale (Prose) advanced into Semis but not Finals.


DHS previously took honors this season at the Dunbar Fall Classic November 11 with a third place finish behind Henry Clay and Bethlehem, winning awards in Declamation (Summer Quinn, second); Dramatic Interpretation (Joseth Warner, fourth); Duo Interpretation (Haley Hopkins and Joseth Warner, first; Virginia Harp and Samantha Sallee, fourth); Extemporaneous Speaking (Caroline Bugg, third);  Impromptu Speaking (Emma Merryman, third; Caroline Bugg, fourth); Improvisational Duo (Haley Hopkins and Joseth Warner, first); Informative Speaking (Emma Merryman, first; Claire Strysick, fourth); and Storytelling (Charlie Hall, first; Sara Barringer, second).


At the LaRue County Ruth Blair Invitational November 4, returning members of the Speaking Admirals (no rookies) placed fourth overall with thirteen awards after three preliminary rounds. Tournament Champions Joseth Warner (Dramatic), Charlie Hall (Humorous), and Becky Mohr (Impromptu) were joined by Samantha Sallee (fourth Declamation), Haley Hopkins and Joseth Warner (fourth Duo Interpretation), Virginia Harp and Samantha Sallee (fifth Duo Interpretation), Katie Critchfield (sixth Extemporaneous), Haley Hopkins (sixth Humorous), Emma Merryman (fifth Impromptu and fourth Informative), Natalie Grubbs (third Informative), Becky Mohr (fourth Oratory), and Charlie Hall (fourth Storytelling) in the awards rounds.