Hazard Middle Speech Team brings home 4 state championships


By Lauren Asher - For The Hazard Herald



Courtesy Photo Front row from left, Shayla Stidham, Jacob Fields, Jonathon Counts, Keenan Deaton, Ella Cobb, Skyanne Slone, Ally Jones, Zane Deaton, Myra Davis Back row from left: Justin Witt, Brittany Miniard, Kelsey Howard, Lainey Gayeheart, Ben Handshoe, Katie Combs, Kendall Napier Coaches: Michelle Combs and Joanna Thompson


The HMS speech team has once again excelled this year! Following a competitive season of invitational tournaments, all students qualified and competed at the state level. In March, the team attended two state tournaments, KESDA and KHSSL where they brought home 1st place in Travelling Team Efficiency, and 1st place in two individual and one group category. The kids competed with over 400 students across the state of Kentucky.

AWARDS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

KESDA FINALS: Group Interpretation: “Sitcom” State Champion and “Toto Too” Runner-Up, Declamation: Myra Davis 1st place; Impromptu: Keenan Deaton 5th place; Public Speaking: Brittany Miniard 6th place; Prose: Justin Witt 5th place, Katie Combs 6th place; Duo Acting: Jacob Fields and Ben Handshoe 2nd place, Zane Deaton and Ella Cobb 5th place; Storytelling: Ella Cobb 3rd place, Jacob Fields 4th place and Ally Jones 6th place; Interpretation of Literature: Zane Deaton 1st place, Myra Davis 3rd place and Justin Witt 6th place; Triathlon: Myra Davis 5th place.

KHSSL FINALS: Interpretation of Literature: Zane Deaton Runner-up; Justin Witt 6th place, Storytelling: Ella Cobb, Runner-Up; Duo Acting: Zane Deaton and Ella Cobb, Runner-Up; Many Students advanced on to the semi-final rounds in their categories. They were Jacob Fields, Ben Handshoe, Kelsey Howard, Skyanne Slone, Katie Combs, Keenan Deaton,Kendall Napier and Myra Davis.

Courtesy Photo Front row from left, Shayla Stidham, Jacob Fields, Jonathon Counts, Keenan Deaton, Ella Cobb, Skyanne Slone, Ally Jones, Zane Deaton, Myra Davis Back row from left: Justin Witt, Brittany Miniard, Kelsey Howard, Lainey Gayeheart, Ben Handshoe, Katie Combs, Kendall Napier Coaches: Michelle Combs and Joanna Thompson
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Speech-Group-pic-2016.jpgCourtesy Photo Front row from left, Shayla Stidham, Jacob Fields, Jonathon Counts, Keenan Deaton, Ella Cobb, Skyanne Slone, Ally Jones, Zane Deaton, Myra Davis Back row from left: Justin Witt, Brittany Miniard, Kelsey Howard, Lainey Gayeheart, Ben Handshoe, Katie Combs, Kendall Napier Coaches: Michelle Combs and Joanna Thompson

By Lauren Asher

For The Hazard Herald

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