Five Bowling Green Junior High School students are among the National Junior Forensics League (NJFL) 2015-2016 Middle School All-American Top 20. Of more than 12,000 NJFL students across the U.S. and several countries, the Top 20 have earned the most NJFL points for participation in forensics tournaments and speech-related service projects and also attended a National Speech and Debate Association tournament.
The local students in the top 20, their placements and current grade levels are: 6th place-Darby Tassell (9th grade), 7th place-Truman Tinius (8th grade), 9th Leah Tabor (9th grade), 14th Nick Martin (9th grade), and 19th Ruthie Kesri (9th grade).
While four of these national-ranking students have moved up to high school level competition, Tinius and his team co-captain 8th grader Maddie Woodrum are leading the school’s largest forensics team to date. With 33 students on the roster, BGJHS is poised to continue its regional winning streak and put pressure on the top middle school teams in the state.
Forensics competitions allow competitors to practice a variety of speaking, research, and performance skills. The BGJHS students have a choice of 13 different speaking and acting events that are sanctioned by the Kentucky High School Speech League. Most of them compete in 1-3 events at each tournament throughout the year.