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WKU Forensics team wraps up semester with 2 wins in Ohio tournaments

Fourteen WKU Forensics team members traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to take part in two tournaments hosted by Ohio State University and Otterbein University the weekend of Dec. 1-2.

WKU was crowned the team sweepstakes champion at both tournaments, securing the overall team sweepstakes championship for the two tournaments combined.  Other top placing schools included North Central College, Ohio University, Tennessee State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Marshall University, Carson-Newman University and Ball State University.

This was the team’s last tournament of the semester. The team will resume competing on Jan. 19 at the American Forensic Association District Six Qualifier, hosted by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

While about a third of the team competed in Ohio, the rest of the WKU Forensics students and coaches hosted a junior high tournament on campus Saturday. Nearly 170 fourth- through eighth-grade students from as far away as Michigan competed on campus during the one-day tournament, called the Junior Hilltopper Classic.

This weekend, the team will host high school students from all over the country at the annual Hilltopper Classic speech and debate tournament. Approximately 400 students will participate in the two-day competition on WKU’s campus.

WKU Director of Forensics Jace Lux said the wins in Ohio are a good way to finish the semester. “The victories at the tournaments hosted at Ohio State are a good exclamation point to a strong fall semester.  It’s a great confidence boost going into the winter break.  Our team members have worked extremely hard in 2012 and I love seeing that hard work pay off for them in this way. Now we turn our attention to providing a great tournament experience to hundreds of high school students this coming weekend so they can end their semester on a high note as well.”

Results from the Ohio State & Otterbein College “Holiday Frolic” Speech and Debate Tournaments are as follows:

  • Paige Settles, a freshman from Floyds Knobs, Ind., tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking, tournament champion in impromptu speaking and second in communication analysis in the Otterbein portion; third in extemporaneous speaking, third in impromptu speaking and third in communication analysis in the OSU portion.
  • Emma Collins, a sophomore from Chicago, Ill., tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the OSU portion; second in after-dinner speaking, fourth in impromptu speaking and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the Otterbein portion.
  • Nick Gilyard, a junior from Miami Gardens, Fla., tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and third in duo interpretation (with Sarah Brazier) in the Otterbein portion; second in after-dinner speaking in the OSU portion.
  • Ray Roberts, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation in the Otterbein portion; second in dramatic interpretation in the OSU portion.
  • Nefertiti Dukes, a sophomore from Miami Gardens, Fla., top debate speaker and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the OSU portion; second place in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the Otterbein portion.
  • Meg Cox, a freshman from The Woodlands, Texas, tournament champion in informative speaking in the OSU portion; fourth in informative speaking and fourth in prose interpretation in the Otterbein portion.
  • Haddy Badjie, a freshman from Lewisville, Texas, tournament champion in informative speaking and fifth in poetry interpretation in the Otterbein portion; fifth in dramatic interpretation in the OSU portion.
  • Alexis Elliott, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., tournament champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the OSU portion; octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the Otterbein portion.
  • Jasmine Jones, a freshman from Elizabethtown, second in duo interpretation (with Ian Dowty) third in dramatic interpretation and sixth in persuasive speaking in the OSU portion; third in persuasive speaking, fourth in dramatic interpretation and fifth in duo interpretation (with Ian Dowty) in the Otterbein portion.
  • Tyler Prochazka, a sophomore from Newton, Kan., second debate speaker, quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and sixth in extemporaneous speaking in the OSU portion; fifth in impromptu speaking and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the Otterbein portion.
  • Ian Dowty, a sophomore from Valley Center, Kan., second in duo interpretation (with Jasmine Jones) in the OSU portion; third in prose interpretation and fifth in duo interpretation (with Jasmine Jones) in the Otterbein portion.
  • Sarah Brazier, a senior from Wadsworth, Ohio, second in communication analysis in the OSU portion; third in communication analysis and third in duo interpretation (with Nicholas Gilyard) in the Otterbein portion.
  • Janniqua Dawkins, a sophomore from Hollywood, Fla., second in persuasive speaking and fourth in communication analysis in the Otterbein portion; fourth in persuasive speaking in the OSU portion.
  • Susan Taylor, a senior from Kansas City, Mo., semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the Otterbein portion; fifth in informative speaking in the OSU portion.
  • Rebekah Hall, a freshman from Des Moines, Iowa, fourth in extemporaneous speaking, fifth debate speaker and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the OSU portion.
  • Tiffany Lewis, a junior from Dubach, La., fifth in extemporaneous speaking in the Otterbein portion; quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the OSU portion.
  • Spencer Orlowski, a junior from Davie, Fla., octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the OSU portion; octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the Otterbein portion.

More information about the team is available on the WKU Forensics website and the team’s Facebook page.

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

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