Marching bands from all high schools in the Williamson County Schools district will gather at one location this weekend to present the county’s vast array of musical talent.

Known as the Williamson County Band Exhibition, the annual event will be held Saturday at Ravenwood High School.

Each of the high school marching bands will perform their half-time shows, and a grand finale featuring eighth-grade bands from WCS and Franklin Special School District will cap off the night.

The gates open at 5 p.m., and performances will begin at 7 p.m. Concessions will be available at the event.

Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for children under 12. Funds from ticket sales will support bands in the district, including the Williamson County Honor Band and the All Mid-State Honor Band Clinic.

Tickets may be purchased at the gate or from the event’s page on the Ravenwood band website.

Area schools shine in forensics competition

The forensics season is off and running for high schools in WCS.

Students from Ravenwood and Brentwood high schools competed at the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) tournament Sept, 7 at the University of Kentucky. The competition consisted of several different categories, including informative speaking, humorous interpretation and public forum debates.

“We are so proud of our students who represented Ravenwood this past weekend,” said RHS forensics coach Brian Kaufman. “They worked so hard over the summer to build their skill level, and it definitely was shown in their performance. We are excited to see the whole team grow as we get ready for the regular season to start.”

Ravenwood High placed second with its overall competition points.

The students who placed in the top 10 of their categories are listed below:

Program Oral Interpretation

Second: Jirayu Paueskaon, Ravenwood High

Oral Interpretation

Second: Olivia Williams, Ravenwood High

Fourth: Kendal Kocian, Ravenwood High

Informative Speaking

Fourth: Srichi Dalai, Ravenwood High

Humorous Interpretation

Fifth: Gavin Brock, Ravenwood High

Extemporaneous Speaking

Sixth: Sri Adabala, Ravenwood High

Public Forum Division

Eighth: Parker Kasiewicz, Brentwood High

Several student teams also competed in the Public Forum Debate. Ravenwood High students Ashwin Balaje and Rohan Jaisinghani advanced to the octafinals; Brentwood High students Nelson Rose and Sarah Memon advanced to the triple octafinals; and Brentwood High students Parker Kasiewicz and Ashwath Nayagadurai advanced to the double octafinals. They competed against 151 teams.

The regular season begins Sept. 21.

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