HAZARD — The Hazard Middle School Speech and Drama Team ventured to Lexington for the KHSSL state competition on March 25 and March 26. The team did not come home empty handed.
Isabella Cobb and Zane Deaton won second place in the Duo Acting category. Cobb and Deaton doubled in the state finals, meaning they made finals in more than one category. Isabella Cobb also competed in the Storytelling finals, where she claimed second place, making her the second best storyteller in all of the Commonwealth for her age division. Justin Witt advanced to finals in Humorous and Dramatic Interpretation and finished in sixth place overall. Witt competed against teammate Zane Deaton in the state final round for Humorous and Dramatic Interpretation. Zane Deaton brought home the second place trophy. Keep in mind that this is the state tournament. These students faced off against the best from Pikeville to Paducah. Second place and sixth place in the entire state is a huge accomplishment. The state finals in each category consists of six competitors. In the state finals for Humorous and Dramatic Interpretation, one third of the entire final round was made up of students from Hazard Middle School.
Several students from Hazard Middle School advanced to semifinal action in the state tournament. Kendall Napier and Kelsey Howard reached semifinals in the Declamation category. Ben Handshoe and Jacob Fields worked together to hit state semifinals in Duo Acting, as did Isabella Cobb and Zane Deaton, who moved on to finals. Ben Handshoe and Isabella Cobb scored a trip to semifinals in another category, Extemporaneous Speaking. In Humorous and Dramatic Interpretation, Justin Wit and Zane Deaton both made it to semifinals and then beyond. Keenan Deaton earned a semifinals berth in Impromptu. Myra Jo Davis and Kendall Napier scored semifinals honors in Improvisational Duo. Hazard Middle School was strong in the Prose category this year, as three HMS students advanced to state semifinals. Those students in the Prose category are Justin Witt, Skyanne Slone and Katie Combs. Jacob Fields and Isabella Cobb both hit the semifinals round in Storytelling, with Cobb advancing on to finals.
Michelle Combs and Joann Thompson are the coaches of Hazard Middle School Speech and Drama. This was a fantastic year for the HMS program.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.