Graves High forensics team members compete in regionals at Murray; several advance to state tourney March 15-16

The Graves County High School forensics team recently traveled to the newly-renovated Murray High School to quality for the state tournament by competing in the Kentucky High School Speech League regional tournament. In this unique tournament, students compete in just two rounds. The student scoring highest in each event becomes regional champion for that event and the second highest-placing student becomes the region’s runner-up. In the event of a tie for either first or second place, an elimination tie-breaker round between the tied students takes place.

Naima Bhutta tied for first place in declamation. After a close run-off round, she emerged as the event’s regional runner-up.

Zacharie Lamb and Kendall Tubbs tied for first place in impromptu speaking. In the Graves vs. Graves tie-breaker round, Lamb edged out Tubbs to become the regional champion, with Tubbs taking the regional runner-up award.

“Overall it was a fun day of competition for everyone involved,” said Graves County advisor Aaron West, “and a good primer for the upcoming state competition.”

The team next will travel to Lexington for the KHSSL State Speech Tournament, a two-day competition with rounds starting Friday, March 15, and concluding that Saturday.

Graves County competitors pictured here, from left with placements, include Olivia Gregory, Naima Bhutta (declamation regional runner-up), Zacharie Lamb (impromptu speaking regional champion), Hattie Dunn, Carrie Cavitt, Michael Black, Jamie LeMay, and Kendall Tubbs (impromptu speaking regional runner-up). Not pictured are Aidan Walker and Noah Saxon. Both advance to the state competition, receiving exemptions from regional competition, due to illness.
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