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Forensics team finds success at five tournaments

The WKU forensics team traveled to Warrensburg, Mo.; Berea, Ky.; and Muncie, Ind., to take part in five tournaments the weekend of Oct. 20-21.

At the Central Missouri debate tournaments, WKU’s team of seven was crowned team sweepstakes champion and advanced all team members advanced to elimination rounds. Other top schools included Rice University and Hillsdale College.

At Berea, the team of seven placed second in team sweepstakes while capturing six individual event championships. Other top schools included Marshall University and Bowling Green State University. All seven WKU students advanced to elimination rounds in at least one event.

The tournaments in Muncie were co-hosted by Ball State University and Illinois State University. WKU’s team of nine was awarded second place in team sweepstakes out of 19 schools at both tournaments and secured four individual event championships.  WKU junior Marshall Covert was crowned individual sweepstakes champion at the ISU tournament, making him the most successful individual competitor at the tournament.  Other top schools included Butler University, Bradley University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Illinois State University, Northwestern University and Ohio State University.

Next weekend, the team will split to travel in two different directions. Some team members will travel to Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., while others will attend a tournament at Berry College in Rome, Ga.

Results from the University of Central Missouri “Mule” and Dale Carnegie Swing Invitational are as follows:

  • Spencer Orlowski, a junior from Davie, Fla., tournament champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Dale Carnegie tournament; second in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fifth debate speaker at the Central Missouri tournament.
  • Nefertiti Dukes, a sophomore from Miami Gardens, Fla., top debate speaker and semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Dale Carnegie tournament; quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Central Missouri tournament.
  • Alexis Elliott, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., second debate speaker and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Central Missouri tournament; semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Dale Carnegie tournament.
  • Tiffany Lewis, a junior from Dubach, La., third debate speaker and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Dale Carnegie tournament; octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Central Missouri tournament.
  • Emma Collins, a sophomore from Chicago, Ill., quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Central Missouri tournament.
  • Susan Taylor, a senior from Kansas City, Mo., quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Central Missouri tournament; quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Dale Carnegie tournament.
  • Tyler Prochazka, a sophomore from Newton, Kan., quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Dale Carnegie tournament; octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Central Missouri tournament.

Results from the University of Cumberlands Forensics Alumni Association Curtis Brown Memorial Individual Events Swing as follows:

  • Darius Wilson, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) at the Cumberlands tournament.
  • Jasmine Jones, a freshman from Elizabethtown, tournament champion in persuasive speaking, second in dramatic interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Ian Dowty) at the Cumberlands tournament.
  • John Corum, a sophomore from Auburn, tournament champion in communication analysis, second in extemporaneous speaking and semifinalist in impromptu speaking at the Cumberlands tournament.
  • Haddy Badjie, a freshman from Lewisville, Texas, tournament champion in informative speaking and fifth in poetry interpretation at the Cumberlands tournament.
  • Austin Groves, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Darius Wilson) at the Cumberlands tournament.
  • Meg Cox, a freshman from The Woodlands, Texas, second in prose interpretation and third in informative speaking at the Cumberlands tournament.
  • Ian Dowty, a sophomore from Valley Center, Kan., third in duo interpretation (with Jasmine Jones) fourth in after-dinner speaking and fourth in prose interpretation at the Cumberlands tournament.

Results from the 43rd annual Ball State “Age of Aquarius” Tournament are as follows:

  • Janniqua Dawkins, a sophomore from Hollywood, Fla., tournament champion in informative speaking and third in persuasive speaking at the Ball State tournament; tournament champion in informative speaking and fourth in persuasive speaking at the ISU tournament.
  • Marshall Covert, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, second in impromptu speaking and second in duo interpretation (with Emma Wilcynski) at the ISU tournament; second in programmed oral interpretation and sixth in duo interpretation (with Emma Wilczynski) at the Ball State tournament.
  • Tiffany McLarty, a sophomore from Bronx, N.Y., tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and fourth in duo interpretation (with Layton Garlington) at the ISU tournament; third in after-dinner speaking, fourth in prose interpretation and seventh in duo interpretation (with Layton Garlington) at the Ball State tournament.
  • Layton Garlington, a junior from Ruston, La., second in prose interpretation, third in dramatic interpretation and seventh in duo interpretation (with Tiffany McLarty) at the Ball State tournament; fourth in dramatic interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Tiffany McLarty) at the ISU tournament.
  • Emma Wilczynski, a junior from Florence, second in duo interpretation (with Marshall Covert) third in persuasive speaking and fifth in informative speaking at the ISU tournament; fifth in persuasive speaking and sixth in duo interpretation (with Marshall Covert) at the Ball State tournament.
  • Ashton Garber, a freshman from Osprey, Fla., second in persuasive speaking and sixth in dramatic interpretation at the Ball State tournament; second in persuasive speaking at the ISU tournament.
  • Ellis Fraser, a sophomore from Hodgenville, second in communication analysis at the Ball State tournament; third in communication analysis at the ISU tournament.
  • Justin Rodriguez, a junior from Coos Bay, Ore., fourth in persuasive speaking at the Ball State tournament.

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

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