Danville forensics runs away with first place at Morehead tournament 

Danville High School Forensics placed first by a margin of 116 points (282-166) over reigning state champions Boone County at the first annual Harlen Hamm Memorial Speech Tournament held Saturday at Rowan County High School on Saturday in Morehead.

DHS went home with 30 individual awards plus several recognitions for novice (first-year) competitors. Among the DHS awards were the top five places in improvisational duo, an event student-coached by senior team member Dylan Crow.

 Team captain Nate Johnson was named the outstanding speaker at the tournament for scoring the most points at the contest of any student for his first place win in oratory and second in improv duo with partner Dylan Crow.

DHS will next compete Saturday at the Thelma Beeler Invitational at Lexington’s Lafayette High School.

Additional DHS award winners were Cloe Anderson, second in declamation; Jono Beto, first in extemporaneous and fifth in improv duo; Mary-Scott Bugg, sixth in humorous interpretation; Dylan Crow, second in prose; Waylon Duff, first in improv duo and first in storytelling; Jack Graham, first in duo interpretation and second in humorous interpretation; Taylor Hesselbach, third in poetry; Emma Jackson, sixth in declamation; Drew Lane, third in humorous interpretation and fourth in improv duo; Sarabeth Marlowe, third in broadcasting and fourth in duo interpretation; Andrew McKinney, sixth in extemporaneous, fifth in improv duo and fifth in oratory; Dylan Mullins, fourth in prose; Laurel Payne, second in poetry; Phoebe Ross, fifth in extemporaneous; Madeline Salinas, third in declamation and second in oratory; Max Searcy, second in broadcasting and fourth in improv duo; Meagan Smith, fifth in storytelling; John Thompson, fourth in duo and third in improv duo; Joe Weston, third in extemporaneous and third in impromptu; Tyler Whitehouse, first in duo interpretation; Wright Williams, third in improv duo and second in storytelling; and Kolton Winfield, first in improv duo.

 

McDowell Place offering wellness educational series for seniors 

McDowell Place of Danville will host a wellness educational series beginning  Jan. 19. The free educational offerings are designed for seniors and focus on maintaining or improving wellness and remaining independent. 

The dates and topics of the educational opportunities are as follows:

n Jan. 19 — “Flexibility” by Jonna Benedict, PT Gentiva

n Jan. 26 — “Tools to Sharpen Your Memory” by Liz Cook, account executive at Amedysis

n Feb. 2 — “Energy Conservation” by McDowell Home Health

n Feb. 8 — “Nutrition for Seniors” by Dr. Brian Ellis and Caretenders

n Feb. 9 — “Dizziness” by Dr. Jonathan Doty and Caretenders

n Feb. 23 — “Importance/Benefits of Exercise” by Karla Edwards, member services representative and wellness counselor at McDowell Wellness Center 

 Each educational offering begins at 10:30 a.m. and will last for one hour. McDowell Place of Danville is at 1181 Ben Ali Drive.

 

Meetings 

Danville-Boyle County Parks and Recreation Board — 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Boyle County fiscal courtroom.