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Forensics team wins tournament championships in Kansas, California

Members of the WKU forensics team traveled to Hutchinson, Kan., and Los Angeles, Calif., to compete in a total of four tournaments the weekend of Feb. 9-10.

In Kansas, the team was crowned the sweepstakes champion at both tournaments, as well as the combined team sweepstakes championship for the entire weekend. All eight attending members of the team advanced to a final round. Sophomore Jamaque Newberry placed fourth in quadrathon, a measure of individual success within four or more events. Other top placing schools included George Mason University, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Hastings College. The tournament was hosted on the campus of Hutchinson Community College, and co-hosted with Sterling College.

In Los Angeles, WKU received the team sweepstakes championship at the Glendale Community College tournament and second at the California State University at Los Angeles tournament, securing 11 individual event championships along the way.  Additionally, all six team members advanced to a final round. Other competing schools included Arizona State University, California State University at Los Angeles, University of Houston and Azusa Pacific University.

The team was also scheduled to compete in Boston, Mass., but cancelled that trip Thursday in anticipation of the winter storm that pummeled the East Coast. WKU Director of Forensics Jace Lux was glad that the team did not end up traveling to Boston.  “Competitively, we would have liked to have gotten to that tournament, as there were some really strong schools that were planning to attend. But as we watched the weather last week, it became apparent that traveling there was going to be risky, and I decided to cancel for safety reasons. When it was all said and done, I saw that over 6,000 flights were cancelled in the region, so there’s a very good chance our team would have been stuck for quite some time,” Lux said.

Next weekend, the team will travel to both Norman, Okla., and Lexington.  In Lexington the team will compete in the Kentucky Forensic Association state tournament, at which WKU hopes to win its 23rd consecutive championship.

Individual results from the Sterling/Hutchinson “Blue Dragon-Warrior Swing” are as follows:

  • Austin Groves, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Ian Dowty) and semifinalist in prose interpretation at the Sterling tournament; tournament champion in prose interpretation, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Ian Dowty) and second in dramatic interpretation at the Hutchinson tournament.
  • Ian Dowty, a sophomore from Valley Center, Kan., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) at the Sterling tournament; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) at the Hutchinson tournament.
  • Jamaque Newberry, a sophomore from Tamarac, Fla., second in prose interpretation and fifth in informative speaking at the Sterling tournament; second in poetry interpretation, second in duo interpretation (with Gabriella Devia-Allen) third in informative speaking and fourth in quadrathon at the Hutchinson tournament.
  • Lataya Williams, a freshman from Falcon Heights, Minn., tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation and second in persuasive speaking at the Sterling tournament; tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation at the Hutchinson tournament.
  • Jasmine Jones, a freshman from Elizabethtown, third in persuasive speaking at the Sterling tournament; tournament champion in dramatic interpretation at the Hutchinson tournament.
  • Gabriella Devia-Allen, a junior from Davie, Fla., fourth in persuasive speaking, fifth in communication analysis and sixth in impromptu speaking at the Sterling tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Jamaque Newberry), fourth in persuasive speaking and sixth in communication analysis at the Hutchinson tournament.
  • Paige Settles, a freshman from Floyds Knobs, Ind., third in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in impromptu speaking at the Hutchinson tournament; fifth in impromptu speaking at the Sterling tournament.
  • Richard Heyne, a junior from Sunrise, Fla., sixth in poetry interpretation at the Sterling tournament.

Individual results from the Glendale Community College/California State U. Los Angeles “Golden Cowboy” Swing are as follows:

  • Nick Gilyard, a junior from Miami Gardens, Fla., tournament champion in informative speaking, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Ray Roberts) second in prose interpretation, third in persuasive speaking and third in duo interpretation (with Sarah Brazier) at the CSULA tournament; second in informative speaking, third in prose interpretation, fourth in persuasive speaking and fourth in duo interpretation (with Ray Roberts) at the Glendale tournament.
  • Ray Roberts, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Nick Gilyard) and second in programmed oral interpretation at the CSULA tournament; tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, fourth in duo interpretation (with Nick Gilyard) and fifth in dramatic interpretation at the Glendale tournament.
  • Sarah Brazier, a senior from Wadsworth, Ohio, tournament champion in informative speaking, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Lindsey White) and fifth in prose interpretation at the Glendale tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Lindsey White) third in duo interpretation (with Nick Gilyard) and fourth in informative speaking at the CSULA tournament.
  • Marshall Covert, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and second in impromptu speaking at the Glendale tournament; third in poetry interpretation and fourth in impromptu speaking at the CSULA tournament.
  • Lindsey White, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation and second in duo interpretation (with Sarah Brazier) at the CSULA tournament; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Sarah Brazier) and third in informative speaking at the Glendale tournament.
  • Emma Wilczynski, a junior from Florence, tournament champion in persuasive speaking and fourth in communication analysis at the Glendale tournament; tournament champion in communication analysis at the CSULA tournament.

More: Check out the WKU Forensic Facebook page.

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

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