The Bowling Green Junior High School Forensics Team placed 7th at the Kentucky High School Speech League Junior State Speech Tournament at the University of Kentucky February 24-25.
Students in grades 4-8 competed in twelve speech categories for state honors after advancing from seven regional tournaments held around the Commonwealth in February.
BGJHS brought home a 7th place team trophy. Eighth grader Leah Chen placed 3rd in Radio Broadcasting and 6th graders Bella Dillinger and Fia Gani placed 3rd in Improvisational Duo. Gani also semi-finaled in two events, Extemporaneous Speaking and Original Oratory. Eighth grader Mallory Berman was a semi-finalist in Dramatic Interpretation. Timothy Wiedemer, Pearson Age and Charlie Booth contributed to the team’s success.
The winners of seven regional contests held earlier this month faced off in three preliminary rounds of competition in twelve speech events. In each of these contests, the top twelve scoring entries in preliminary rounds advanced to compete in the state semifinals, with the top six in each advancing to the state finals.
The speech season in Kentucky runs from October to January with 14 regional tournaments held in February around the Commonwealth to qualify for state.
Students compete in twelve speech and drama categories from Radio Broadcasting to Storytelling to Oratory.
Established in 1921, KHSSL offers membership to all schools serving students in grades 4-12 in Kentucky.
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