Foster parent training offered

Benchmark Family Services, a non-profit foster care agency in Lexington that serves 14 counties including Boyle, is offering free foster parent training at their offices at 118 Dennis Dr. in Lexington. For more information, call (859) 260-1412.


Danville forensics qualifies for national competition

Danville High School placed first in speech and first in congress in the team competitions during the National Forensic League’s Kentucky District Tournament, held Friday and Saturday at Centre College. DHS qualified six students for the Indianapolis national speech and debate tournament, the world’s largest academic competition, in June.

Qualifying for nationals from Danville are: Nathan Johnson, first in oratory; Sarabeth Marlowe and John Thompson, first in duo interpretation; Andrew McKinney, third in U.S. extemporaneous speaking; Phoebe Ross, fourth in international extemporaneous speaking; and Joe Weston, first in international extemporaneous speaking. 

Danville High School assistant coaches Christel Belcher and Beth Marlowe were named the District Coaches of the Year at an awards ceremony. During awards, DHS was recognized as the 2011-12 leading chapter for Kentucky, an award announced earlier this year. 

DHS students won several other prizes at the competition. Some students qualified for nationals in more than one event and will choose which event to compete in. Senior Isabelle Ballard was named the District Student of the Year, and senior Nathan Johnson won the Susan Moore Prize for Outstanding Congressional Debater. 

Additional DHS honors from the contest are: Calvin Steber, first alternate in the house; Andrew McKinney, second alternate in the house; Joe Weston, second in US extemporaneous speaking and third in the senate; Isabelle Ballard and Dylan Crow, third in duo interpretation; Madeline Salinas, third in oratory; and Nathan Johnson, first in the senate and second in international extemporaneous speaking.