The Letcher County Central High School speech team has been participating in regional and state competitions for three years. In those years, the team has increased in size and in honors received.
Each year the number of students competing in state has doubled. This year the team had its first state finalist, Drew Raleigh, in Humorous Interpretation.
The students compete in various areas, preparing pieces ranging from poetry and prose to humorous and dramatic interpretation, to duo interpretation and duo improvisation. The preparation is grueling, time consuming and extensive. The students spend many hours on their own and with the team critiquing and encourage each other.
This year 12 students placed regionally, advancing to state competition. Of the 12, five competed in semi-final matches.
In the regional championship match for Duo Improvisation, both groups were from LCCHS. The winners were Isaac Gover and Drew Raleigh, and the runners-up were Josh Stephens and Zach Joseph.
On April 25, the Kentucky Laureate Rho Sorority hosted its annual Professional Day dinner at the county extension office. The proceeds of the dinner went to benefit the LCCHS speech team. The members of the team entertained during dinner.
A $1,000 check was presented to speech team coach Kim Sergent at the regular sorority meeting on May 17.