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WKU forensics team wins tournament championships in Kentucky, Michigan

WKU forensics team members traveled to Murray, Ky., and Ypsilanti, Mich., to take part in four tournaments the weekend of Feb. 2-3.

In Murray, WKU was crowned team sweepstakes champion at both tournaments hosted on the campus of Murray State University. All members of the WKU team at Murray advanced to final rounds this weekend, securing 11 event championships. Other competing schools included the University of Alabama, Belmont University, North Central College, Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech University.

Eastern Michigan University also hosted two tournaments, at which WKU’s team won the team sweepstakes championships for both. Additionally, all members of the WKU team at EMU advanced to finals. Sophomore John Corum received third in individual sweepstakes, a measure of overall personal success. Other teams included Northwestern University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ohio University, Miami University, Ball State University, Bowling Green State University, University of Akron and Wayne State University.

Next weekend the team will split to compete in three locations: Los Angeles, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; and Hutchinson, Kan.

Results from the Murray State “Ruby Crider” Swing are as follows:

  • Tyler Rife, a junior from Dayton, Ohio, tournament champion in informative speaking, tournament champion in communication analysis and third in poetry interpretation at the Murray tournament; fourth in informative speaking and fifth in communication analysis at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Lataya Williams, a freshman from Falcon Heights, Minn., tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation and tournament champion in persuasive speaking at the Murray tournament; second in persuasive speaking at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Ray Roberts, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation and tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Nick Gilyard) at the Murray Alumni tournament; second in programmed oral interpretation at the Murray tournament.
  • Jasmine Jones, a freshman from Elizabethtown, tournament champion in persuasive speaking at the Murray Alumni tournament; second in dramatic interpretation and fourth in persuasive speaking at the Murray tournament.
  • Jamaque Newberry, a sophomore from Tamarac, Fla., tournament champion in prose interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Gabriella Devia-Allen) at the Murray Alumni tournament; third in after-dinner speaking and fourth in informative speaking at the Murray tournament.
  • Gabriella Devia-Allen, a junior from Davie, Fla., tournament champion in impromptu speaking at the Murray tournament; third in impromptu speaking and third in duo interpretation (with Jamaque Newberry) at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Nick Gilyard, a junior from Miami Gardens, Fla., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Ray Roberts) and fourth in duo interpretation (with Sarah Brazier) at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Justin Rodriguez, a junior from Coos Bay, Ore., tournament champion in poetry interpretation, fifth in persuasive speaking and fifth in duo interpretation (with Kristina Medero) at the Murray Alumni tournament; second in poetry interpretation, fourth in duo interpretation (with Kristina Medero) and sixth in persuasive speaking at the Murray tournament.
  • Kristina Medero, a sophomore from Davie, Fla., tournament champion in communication analysis and fifth in duo interpretation (with Justin Rodriguez) at the Murray Alumni tournament; second in communication analysis and fourth in duo interpretation (with Justin Rodriguez) at the Murray tournament.
  • Austin Groves, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., second in duo interpretation (with Darius Wilson) and third in duo interpretation (with Ian Dowty) at the Murray tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Ian Dowty) and third in prose interpretation at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Tiffany Lewis, a junior from Dubach, La., second in extemporaneous speaking at the Murray tournament; second in extemporaneous speaking at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Emma Wilczynski, a junior from Florence, second in communication analysis at the Murray Alumni tournament; third in communication analysis at the Murray tournament.
  • Sarah Brazier, a senior from Wadsworth, Ohio, second in informative speaking, fourth in poetry interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Nick Gilyard) at the Murray Alumni tournament; fifth in poetry interpretation at the Murray tournament.
  • Marshall Covert, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., second in prose interpretation and fifth in after-dinner speaking at the Murray tournament; second in prose interpretation at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Darius Wilson, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., second in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) at the Murray tournament.
  • Ian Dowty, a sophomore from Valley Center, Kan., third in dramatic interpretation, third in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) and fourth in prose interpretation at the Murray tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Elle Pratt, a junior from Fullerton, Calif., third in prose interpretation at the Murray tournament.

Results from the Eastern Michigan University “EMU/Alumni” Swing are as follows:

  • Ashton Garber, a freshman from Osprey, Fla., tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, tournament champion in poetry interpretation and sixth in prose interpretation at the EMU tournament; tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and tournament champion in poetry interpretation at the EMU Alumni tournament.
  • Tiffany McLarty, a sophomore from Bronx, N.Y., tournament champion in informative speaking, second in prose interpretation and second in duo interpretation (with Layton Garlington) at the EMU Alumni tournament; second in prose interpretation, third in duo interpretation (with Layton Garlington) and fifth in informative speaking at the EMU tournament.
  • John Corum, a sophomore from Auburn, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking, second in communication analysis and third in individual sweepstakes at the EMU Alumni tournament; third in extemporaneous speaking, fourth in communication analysis and semifinalist in impromptu speaking at the EMU tournament.
  • Layton Garlington, a junior from Ruston, La., tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, third in duo interpretation (with Tiffany McLarty) and fifth in prose interpretation at the EMU tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Tiffany McLarty) and fourth in programmed oral interpretation at the EMU Alumni tournament.
  • Paige Settles, a freshman from Floyds Knobs, Ind., tournament champion in impromptu speaking, second in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in persuasive speaking at the EMU tournament; third in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in persuasive speaking at the EMU Alumni tournament.
  • Laura Myers, a senior from Goodlettsville, Tenn., tournament champion in persuasive speaking and fourth in informative speaking at the EMU Alumni tournament; second in informative speaking and sixth in persuasive speaking at the EMU tournament.
  • Haddy Badjie, a freshman from Lewisville, Texas, second in persuasive speaking and fifth in poetry interpretation at the EMU tournament; fourth in poetry interpretation and seventh in persuasive speaking at the EMU Alumni tournament.
  • Ellis Fraser, a sophomore from Hodgenville, third in dramatic interpretation and sixth in poetry interpretation at the EMU Alumni tournament; fourth in dramatic interpretation and fifth in impromptu speaking at the EMU tournament.
  • Brittany Broder, a freshman from St. Charles, Mo., third in informative speaking at the EMU tournament; fifth in informative speaking at the EMU Alumni tournament.
  • Meg Cox, a freshman from The Woodlands, Texas, third in after-dinner speaking at the EMU tournament.

More: Check out the WKU Forensic Facebook page.

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

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