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Bardstown Middle School speech and drama team has racked up several team and individual awards at two recent tournaments. The team was one of 20 schools from across the state to compete in Kentucky’s Junior Speech Tournament hosted by the Kentucky High School Speech League virtually February 21-27. They earned fifth place in the state tournament and the following placements for individual performances:

Kaden Stone, first place

Kaden Stone, runner-up
Myah Roggentine, semifinalist

June Bradshaw, first place
Kaden Stone, runner-up
Michelle Hundley, semifinalist

Improvisational Duo
Lucy Gabbert, semifinalist
Lil Johnson, semifinalist
Charley Hill, semifinalist
June Bradshaw, semifinalist

Charley Hill, semifinalist

Original Oratory
Kennedy Faulconer, sixth place

Bardstown Middle School Coach Karen Wilson was awarded Coach of the Year. Wilson was awarded this honor by KHSSL. Her fellow coaches voted her as the recipient. Wilson has been the head coach for the Bardstown Middle School speech and drama team for seven years. 

“They have worked very hard for many years and Mrs. Wilson has a whole lot to do with their success,” said Melissa Taylor, principal of Bardstown Middle School. “ When Karen does something she does it 100 percent.”


On March 6 the team competed in the Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association (KESDA) State Speech Tournament where they were awarded third place in Overall Sweepstakes and second place in Greyhound Sweepstakes. Additionally, the team received individual placements in the following eight categories.



June Bradshaw, first place

Kaden Stone, fourth place

Lil Johnson, seventh place



Kaden Stone, first place

Joenita Wani, sixth place



Kennedy Faulconer, first place


Extemporaneous Speaking

Lucy Gabbert, sixth place


Improvisational Duo

Lucy Gabbert and Charley Hill, fourth place



Kaden Stone, second place

Myah Roggentine, seventh place


Impromptu Speaking

Charley Hill, Top Non Advancing Novice

John Edwards Essay Contest
Joenita Wani, winner

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