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WKU forensics team co-hosts tourney

The WKU forensics team co-hosted the Forensics Fiesta with Miami University on WKU’s campus the weekend of Sept. 28-30.

The event offered competition in debate and individual events over three days, and hosted 19 schools, including the University of Alabama, Truman State University, Ball State University and Rice University. WKU students competed in the tournament, but as co-host the team was not eligible for overall team sweepstakes awards.

WKU team members received 10 tournament championships, as well as closing out the semifinal round of Lincoln-Douglas debate. Closing out the semifinal round resulted in WKU receiving the top four placements in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

WKU Director of Forensics Jace Lux said that the tournament was a success.  “Hosting a parliamentary debate tournament, a Lincoln-Douglas debate tournament, and an individual events tournament all in one weekend is quite a challenge,” he said. “This tournament’s smooth operation is a testament to the hard work of our coaching staff and students. Not only were our students helping to host a tournament, they were preparing for competition. I’m extremely proud of all of them. Closing out a final round of debate is pretty rare; closing out a semifinal round, in which the remaining four debaters are all from the same school, happens maybe once or twice every five years or so.”

Next week, the team will travel to Illinois to compete in tournaments hosted by Illinois State University and Bradley University.

Results from the WKU Forensics Fiesta are as follows:

  • Susan Taylor, a senior from Kansas City, Mo., co-champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fifth debate speaker.
  • Tyler Prochazka, a sophomore from Newton, Kan., co-champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate and third debate speaker.
  • Tyler Dailey, a senior from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Tyler Rife) tournament champion in prose interpretation, tournament champion in informative speaking and third in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) in the Miami portion.
  • Sarah Brazier, a senior from Wadsworth, Ohio, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation and second in duo interpretation (with Nick Gilyard) in the Miami portion.
  • Alexis Elliott, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., tournament champion in impromptu speaking, second in extemporaneous speaking in the Miami portion; fourth debate speaker and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Tyler Rife, a junior from Dayton, Ohio, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Tyler Dailey) and second in dramatic interpretation in the Miami portion.
  • Lindsey White, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., tournament champion in poetry interpretation and third in prose interpretation in the Miami portion.
  • Nefertiti Dukes, a sophomore from Miami Gardens, Fla., co-champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fifth in impromptu speaking in the Miami portion.
  • Spencer Orlowski, a junior from Davie, Fla., top debate speaker and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Tiffany Lewis, a junior from Dubach, La., co-champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Marshall Covert, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., second in duo interpretation (with Emma Wilczynski) and fifth in poetry interpretation at the WKU portion.
  • Ashton Garber, a freshman from Osprey, Fla., tournament champion in persuasive speaking and sixth in dramatic interpretation in the Miami portion.
  • Tiffany McLarty, a sophomore from Bronx, N.Y., tournament champion in after-dinner speaking at the WKU portion.
  • Ray Roberts, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, tournament champion in poetry interpretation at the WKU portion.
  • Gabriella Devia-Allen, a junior from Davie, Fla., second in dramatic interpretation, second in prose interpretation and third in informative speaking at the WKU portion.
  • Austin Groves, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., second in persuasive speaking and third in duo interpretation (with Tyler Dailey) in the Miami portion.
  • Nick Gilyard, a junior from Miami Gardens, Fla., second in duo interpretation (with Sarah Brazier) and third in poetry interpretation in the Miami portion.
  • Elle Pratt, a junior from Fullerton, Calif., second in programmed oral interpretation and fifth in informative speaking in the Miami portion.
  • Janniqua Dawkins, a sophomore from Hollywood, Fla., second in informative speaking in the Miami portion.
  • Darius Wilson, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., second in after-dinner speaking in the Miami portion.
  • Emma Wilczynski, a junior from Florence, second in duo interpretation (with Marshall Covert) at the WKU portion.
  • Jamaque Newberry, a sophomore from Tamarac, Fla., third in poetry interpretation and fourth in prose interpretation at the WKU portion.
  • Emma Collins, a sophomore from Chicago, Ill., fourth in impromptu speaking in the Miami portion; octo-finalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Ellis Fraser, a sophomore from Hodgenville, fourth in communication analysis in the Miami portion.
  • Haddy Badjie, a freshman from Lewisville, Texas, fifth in informative speaking at the WKU portion.
  • Ian Dowty, a sophomore from Valley Center, Kan., fifth in after-dinner speaking at the WKU portion.
  • Paige Settles, a freshman from Floyds Knobs, Ind., sixth in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in impromptu speaking in the Miami portion.
  • Brittany Broder, a freshman from St. Charles, Mo., sixth in informative speaking in the Miami portion.

Contact: Jace Lux, (270) 745-6340.

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