Seventeen Bowling Green High School students competed at the Hilltopper Invitational Speech Tournament at WKU on Saturday, December 10. The tournament hosted over 400 competitors from 27 teams and 6 states. The BGHS team placed 7th overall with two individual event champions, Cole Vaughan and John Woodring.
Vaughan and Woodring each earned a $200 scholarship to attend Western Kentucky University's Summer Forensic Institute. Additionally, as finalists in Humorous Interpretation, they both earned an invitation to compete in the University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions in April.
Several BG students made it into final rounds after the first 3 rounds of preliminary competition and brought home trophies signifying their top place finishes.
Cole Vaughan—1st Informative Speaking, 2nd Humorous Interpretation, 6th Duo Interpretation
John Woodring—1st Storytelling, 4th Humorous Interpretation
Leah Tabor—6th Duo Interpretation
Darby Tassell—7th Broadcasting
Braxton Bell, Christian Butterfield, Sean Compton, Lauren Cravens, Fernando Franco, Ahzja Gamble, Peter Guthrie, Stuart Kernohan, Ruthie Kesri, Nick Martin, Zack Martin, Ronit Patel, Abigail Raley, and Darby Tassell, also contributed to the team’s efforts.
Several of the team’s members were also able to observe during debate rounds at the tournament. The team will have an organization meeting Monday from 3:15-5:00 at the school for any students interested in debate. The team is working to re-establish debate as an ongoing activity at the school. BGHS has won multiple state debate titles over the school’s rich 100+ year history, but it has not had an active debate team for many years.
After some time off for the holidays, the team will resume competition at Rowan County January 7.
Press release submitted by Janet Martin.