The Whitesburg Middle School speech and drama team placed first at the Appalachian Region Kentucky High School Speech League Junior High Division held at Knott County Central High School on Feb. 19.
State competition is set for March 18 on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
Kelly Adams placed first and Sara Baker placed second in public speaking. Cassidy Breeding placed first in poetry. Kristen Johnson and Wanda Brimmer placed second in improvisational duo.
Advancing to state-level competition are: Courtney Venters, broadcast; Kelly Adams and Sara Baker, duo acting; Ashley Benton and Tori Ison, duo acting; Kennedy Breeding and Marissa Pack, extemporaneous speaking; Sydney Maxie and Tori Ison, improvisational duo; Kristen Johnson and Wanda Brimer, improvisational duo; Zane Blair and Aaron Thomas, improvisational duo; Cassidy Breeding, oratorical declamation; Abby Frazier, poetry; Wanda Brimmer, poetry; Cassidy Breeding, poetry; Kelly Adams, public speaking; Sara Baker, public speaking; Amber Sexton, storytelling; and Ashley Benton, solo acting.