Bernat signs with WKU for Speech and Debate

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School senior Zachery Bernat (center) signed his letter-of-intent to attend Western Kentucky University and join the Collegiate Forensics Team at a ceremony on April 13. Bernat is a Canfield High School speech and debate team member and Ohio State Champion in the Humorous Interpretation category.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School senior Zachery Bernat was surrounded by his family, from left, Laurie Lesitsky, Mary Kay Bernat, Bernat, Bob Bernat and Dan Donofrio, as he signed his letter of intent to continue his Speech and Debate career at Western Kentucky University on April 13.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Canfield High School senior Zachery Bernat participated in a letter of intent signing ceremony to attend Western Kentucky University and join their Collegiate Forensics Team on April 13.

Bernat, a Canfield High School speech and debate team member and Ohio State Champion in the Humorous Interpretation category, will continue his speech and debate career while at WKU as a Communication major.

Bernat is a four-year speech and debate team member who was in the Top 12 in the State and a national qualifier in both his sophomore and junior years.

Canfield High School speech and debate team Coach Jeremy Hamilton welcomed Bernat’s family, friends, classmates and teammates to the ceremony.

“Good afternoon and welcome. Thank you for coming out today for Zach. This is a first for the speech and debate team and a first for me in my 12 years as coach. Western Kentucky is one of the top programs in the U.S. Zach is bound for great things, in college and beyond,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton then turned the floor over to Bernat.

“First of all, thank you to my family. They have been my rock for the past four years. Whenever I got down on myself, they were there to build me back up. Thank you to my coaches who really helped me out. Thank you to my friends out there. I have characters based on each and every one of you. Speech and Debate has been the best experience for me. In my four years of high school, this has been the best thing I have ever done. Thank you for coming and I will miss you all very much,” Bernat said.

Bernat also mentioned he is an aspiring actor and has some big dreams.

“My dream is to be on Saturday Night Live,” Bernat said.

Hamilton closed the ceremony with one last thought.

“It has been an honor to have Zach on the Canfield High School Speech and Debate Team. He is one among all our great team members,” Hamilton said.

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