Thursday, June 23 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – SCAPA at Bluegrass won another Junior Division Championship in the 2021 Kentucky High School Speech League Bluegrass Regional Tournament.

Meanwhile, the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School speech team placed first in the senior division, followed by Henry Clay and Lafayette.

This year’s COVID-19 virtual format required students to submit tapes of their presentations and performances at the start of tournament week for review. The teams then shared a Zoom link for students to watch the recorded rewards program together.

“All virtual, but the students are still learning how to speak in front of others, the best ways to prepare for their performances, and as an added bonus, they’ve learned a few recording techniques that help showcase their presentations,” said Beth Randolph, director of the SCPA.

FCPS regional results for February 6 / junior division *

  • Broadcasting: champion, Bei Bei Sheng
  • Declamation: champion, Sophie Watson; finalist, Noah Jackson
  • Dramatic interpretation: champion, Eloise Logsdon; finalist, Ellie Naish
  • Acting duo: champion, Maya Conner and Sofia Sweazy; finalist, Annelise Brown and Eloise Logsdon
  • Impromptu speech: champion, Ellie Naish; finalist, Luka Mijatovic
  • Humorous interpretation: champion, Katherine Worrell; finalist, Haasini Beeram
  • Impromptu speech: champion, Sophie Watson
  • Improvisation duo: finalist, Bei Bei Sheng & Nina Tay
  • Original oratory: champion, Luka Mijatovic; finalist, Faith Walls
  • Poetry: finalist, Haasini Beeram
  • Prose: champion, Sophie Watson; finalist, Hannah McGregor
  • Tale: champion, Bei Bei Sheng

* Everything from SCPA to Bluegrass

FCPS regional results / senior division

  • Broadcasting: finalist, Kian Rosenau, Dunbar
  • Declamation: finalist, Sophia Zhou, Dunbar
  • Dramatic interpretation: champion, Margaret Tiennot, Henry Clay; finalist, Skylar Seavey, Lafayette
  • Duet interpretation: champion, Edward Donson and Andrew Liu, Dunbar; finalist, Irving Morris & Sophia Zhou, Dunbar
  • Impromptu speech: champion, Sadie Bograd, Dunbar; finalist, Gabriella Staykova, Dunbar
  • Humorous interpretation: champion, Edward Donson, Dunbar; finalist, Tony Xu, Dunbar
  • Impromptu speech: champion, Sadie Bograd, Dunbar; finalist, Arden Ensor, Lafayette
  • Improvisation duo: champion, Sanaa Kahloon & Irving Morris, Dunbar; finalist, Sarah Sajadi & Arden Ensor, Lafayette
  • Talking informative: champion, Nyasha Musoni, Dunbar; finalist, Devyn Fleming, Lafayette
  • Original oratory: champion, Emily Xiao, Dunbar; finalist Anna Chen, Dunbar
  • Poetry: champion, Nyasha Musoni, Dunbar; finalist, Courtney Hogue, Henry Clay
  • Oral interpretation of the program: champion, Edward Donson, Dunbar; finalist, Sophia Zhou, Dunbar
  • Prose: champion, Margaret Tiennot, Henry Clay; finalist, Kara Bracken, Dunbar
  • Conte: champion, Samantha Miculinich, Lafayette; finalist, Taylor Boss, Henry Clay

“While most students and coaches would say they much prefer face-to-face competitions, this year of virtual competitions has had some nice benefits,” said Randolph of the SCPA. “First, at the junior and senior levels, the students were able to compete with students from all over the country because any team can upload recordings and compete across state lines. A second advantage: the students, coaches and parents were able to sleep on Saturday mornings, judge or compete in their pajamas and spend Saturdays all winter in incredibly relaxed atmospheres. The speech competitions for the 2020-21 school year will be forever remembered for the unique challenges and opportunities. “

Bluegrass Regional students qualified for the state competition.

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