Rowan County Senior High School
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|Rowan County Senior High School|
|499 Viking Drive
Morehead, Kentucky, United States
|Principal||Dr. Ray Ginter|
Rowan County Senior High School (RCSHS) is located in Morehead, Kentucky. The enrollment for the beginning of the 2007-08 school year was 1,010 students. The mascot is the Viking and the school colors are green and white. Debbie Howes is the current principal.
In 2011, the boys' basketball team played in the championship game of the 2011 PNC Bank/Kentucky High School Athletic Association Boys' Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament. Although the Rowan Vikings lost the game in double overtime, a resolution was created by the Senate of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to honor the team, their coach, their school and their community for their efforts in "one of the best high school basketball games this Commonwealth has ever seen."
Forensic Team (Speech and Debate)
Since the mid-1980s, the Rowan County Senior High School forensic program has been a power house team in Kentucky speech and debate competition. Under the direction of Virginia (Landreth) Etherton (1986-2010), Mark Etherton (2000-2010), Brittany Stacy-Brewer (2010-2013), and Kala Cookendorfer (since 2013) the team has won twenty-one Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association (KESDA) overall team championships since 1988, a number unrivaled by any other school in Kentucky. The team began competing at the KHSSL (Kentucky High School Speech League) state championship in 2012, gaining 3rd place in their debut year, and finishing 1st in 2013. In addition to this, the team has captured hundreds of individual student awards, team sweepstakes trophies, and produced countless individual state champions. For their success and service to the Kentucky forensic community, former head coaches Mark and Virginia Etherton were inducted to the KHSSL Hall of Fame, in 2010 and 2012, respectively.
The Rowan County team also competes on the national level and has been recognized for excellence. They regularly attend the Glenbrooks Invitational, an annual national-level tournament held in the Chicago metropolitan area where they have produced multiple individual champions and consistently place students in the top rounds of competition. The team is also one of only three Kentucky schools to currently hold a prestigious membership chair from the Barkley Forum, a national-level tournament held annually at Emory University in Atlanta. The team is a charter school of the National Forensic League (NFL) and competes in the NFL District and National Tournaments each year. The team has produced three national finalists and numerous semifinalists, quarterfinalists and octofinalists. In 1999 the team was presented with a coveted Schwans' School of Excellence award for being among the top teams at the NFL National Tournament. Only one other school from Kentucky has achieved this award.
2012-2013 was the team's most successful season in school history. Rowan County's full squad remained undefeated at all in-state speech contests, including being named the tournament champion of the Western Kentucky University Hilltopper Classic, an annual national-level tournament. The team was crowned KESDA State champions, won the KHSSL State speech championship, was awarded the runner-up trophy in the KHSSL State debate tournament, and won the Kentucky NFL district plaque for placing first overall in speech and debate sweepstakes. The team also set a school record for the most individuals to qualify for the NFL National Tournament, with eight students.
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