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WMS speech team is regional champion




MEDAL WINNERS — Pictured are the Whitesburg Middle School speech team medal winners at the regional tournament with their coach Coach Debi Sexton, who is holding the plaque for WMS, the first place winner of the Appalachian Region of the Kentucky High School Speech League. Left to right are Courtney Whitaker, Dalton McCown and Kaitlyn Davis.

MEDAL WINNERS — Pictured are the Whitesburg Middle School speech team medal winners at the regional tournament with their coach Coach Debi Sexton, who is holding the plaque for WMS, the first place winner of the Appalachian Region of the Kentucky High School Speech League. Left to right are Courtney Whitaker, Dalton McCown and Kaitlyn Davis.

Whitesburg Middle School won the regional tournament of the Kentucky High School Speech League’s (KHSSL) on February 16. The tourney was held at Knott County Central High School.

WMS had 20 members competing, and all 20 of them are advancing to the state competition. In addition, the league recognizes competitors who place first or second in region with a medal. Those receiving medals from WMS are:

Broadcast – first place region, Dalton McCown, and second place region, Kaitlyn Davis;

Public Speaking – first place region, Kaitlyn Davis;

Interpretation of Literature – second place region, Courtney Whitaker; and

Extempereous Speaking – second place region, Dalton McCown.

The WMS speech team members are Dalton Mc- Cown, Courtney Whitaker, Kaitlyn Davis, Casey Sturgill, Raeann Fultz, Jaden Richardson, Beverly Cook, Sadie Bates, Samantha Crawford, Brooklyn Dean, Savannah Parsons, Brooklyn Hatton, Karlee Kincer, Marlee Baker, Gracie Smith, Jessica Boggs, Sarah Cates, Jayda Carrier, Abby Bentley, and Dayjha Carter. Lorie Sturgill was unable to compete due to an illness. The team is coached by Debi Sexton.

The KHSSL’s state tournament will be in Lexington on the University of Kentucky campus March 14-16.


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