Long term support by Flanner and Buchanan has motivated Warren Central students to achieve at a higher level
The Warren Central High School Speech Team and Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers are celebrating ten years as partners in education. Through this partnership these two organizations have endeavored to teach students the vital role that effective communication plays in life.
Since this joint venture began, the Warren speech team has celebrated eleven consecutive Indiana High School Forensic Association Sectional Championships, four IHSFA 3A State Championships and two IHSFA Grand State Championships.
In 2001, Judge Paul Buchanan Jr. and Flanner and Buchanan began providing scholarships annually to six Warren Central High School Speech Team members to attend Western Kentucky University Forensics Camp in Bowling Green, KY. These scholarships give students the opportunity to spend a week at WKU, a multiple national champion at the collegiate level, to hone their skills in public address and interpretive speaking. One of these Buchanan Speech Scholars has even gone on to attend WKU on scholarship.
These scholarships recognize students for their hard work and achievements in Speech competition.
In addition to these scholarships Flanner and Buchanan has purchased State Championship rings for team members and sponsored the Warren speech team’s annual awards ceremony to honor and recognize these students’ achievements in the Indiana High School Forensic Association competition. Though Judge Buchanan passed away in 2008, these scholarships allow the Warren Speech team to honor his memory and serve as one of Judge Buchanan’s many legacies.
- Written by Scott Black , teacher and speech coach, Warren Central High School