Whitesburg Middle School’s Dalton McCown is the state champion of broadcast announcing. In addition to this state title, he won regional titles in the category last year and this year. He brought home the title after the Kentucky High School Speech League’s state tournament March 14-16 at the University of Kentucky. He is the son of Tonya and Oscar McCown of Little Colley at Isom, and has a sister, Kaci.
Other members of the WMS speech team who competed at state are Casey Sturgill, Kaitlyn Davis, Courtney Whitaker, Sadie Bates, Savannah Parsons, Brooke Hatton, Samantha Crawford, Brooklyn Dean, Beverly Cook, Karlee Kincer, Abby Bentley, Sarah Cates, Marlee Baker, Gracie Smith, Jayda Carrier, Jessica Boggs and Dayjha Carter.
The team won the regional title for the Appalachian Region for the third year in a row. Debi Sexton, who was given a plaque in recognition of coaching a state champion, coaches the team.