Paducah Tilghman Speech Team captain senior Chandler Emmons Smith, won first place Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the 17-school Wild West Speech Tournament at Whitehouse High School in Whitehouse, TN.
Smith won the championship round of Tall Tales and took 3rd over-all in Poetry. She was backed up by sophomore Will Hancock who took 3rd over-all in Impromptu and earned two second place finishes in the preliminary rounds of Original Oratory.
Seventeen members of the Tilghman team earned a top 3 finish in a preliminary round. Six were new team members, competing in their first tournament.
1st place- Will Smith, 10, & Elliott Bickerstaff, 10, Improvisational Duo; Cason Walden, 10, Poetry.
2nd place-Alexis Ash, 10, Dramatic Interpretation; Walden & Luke Voorhies, 12, Duo Interpretation; Joe Duberry, 9, & Ash, Improvisational Duo; Yasmine Martinez, 10, Poetry
3rd place Eli Noneman, 9, & Zach Story, 9, Duo Interpretation; Jacob Holtgrewe, 10, Impromptu; Sean Blakely,10, Poetry; Elizabeth Behrens,10, Prose; Erin Burba,9, Storytelling;
This week-end the team will compete in the Ghouls and Goblins Tournament at Bardstown High in Bardstown.