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WKU forensics team wins 23rd consecutive state championship

The WKU forensics team won the 2013 Kentucky Forensic Association State Tournament on Saturday, keeping alive a streak that began in 1990.

This year’s tournament, hosted at Transylvania University, featured teams from all across the Commonwealth participating in speech and debate events.

WKU was triple-crowned overall team sweepstakes grand champion, large school debate sweepstakes state champion and large school individual events sweepstakes state champion. This is the 23rd consecutive year WKU has captured the overall state championship.

WKU senior Susan Taylor received the Harlan Hamm Award, which honors a student who displays service to the activity, service to the university and community, and competitive excellence. Three members of the team also received quadrathon awards, measures of personal success in four or more events: junior Justin Rodriguez was awarded the state championship, freshman Ashton Garber placed fourth, and sophomore John Corum was fifth. In all, the team earned 12 individual state championships, and all members advanced to an elimination round.

Six members of the WKU forensics team also traveled to Norman, Okla., to compete in two tournaments at the University of Oklahoma. WKU placed third in team sweepstakes at both tournaments. Additionally, all six members of the team advanced to an elimination round.  Other teams included the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Alabama.

WKU Director of Forensics Jace Lux was pleased with the weekend’s results. “There are some very competitive schools in the state of Kentucky, so we’re never really sure how the state tournament will end up,” Lux said. “We’ve won consecutively for quite some time now, and none of these students wants to be part of a team that breaks that streak. They’ve worked really hard, and it’s always such a great feeling to bring the championship trophy back to The Hill.”

Next weekend, the team will travel to Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete in two separate tournaments.

Individual results for KFA State are as follows:

  • Justin Rodriguez, a junior from Coos Bay, Ore., state champion in quadrathon, state champion in dramatic interpretation, state champion in poetry interpretation, state champion in persuasive speaking and state champion in duo interpretation (with Kristina Medero).
  • Darius Wilson, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., state champion in prose interpretation and state champion in programmed oral interpretation.
  • Kristina Medero, a sophomore from Davie, Fla., state champion in duo interpretation (with Justin Rodriguez) second in dramatic interpretation and second in programmed oral interpretation.
  • Mitchell Grogg, a senior from Evansville, Ind., state champion in radio broadcasting and second in editorial impromptu.
  • Emma Collins, a sophomore from Chicago, Ill., state champion in after-dinner speaking, third debate speaker, fourth in communication analysis and quarterfinalist in parliamentary debate (with Tyler Prochazka).
  • Tyler Rife, a junior from Dayton, Ohio, state champion in informative speaking, third in poetry interpretation and fifth in communication analysis.
  • Brittany Broder, a freshman from St. Charles, Mo., state champion in communication analysis and third in informative speaking.
  • Tyler Prochazka, a sophomore from Newton, Kan., state champion in extemporaneous speaking and quarterfinalist in parliamentary debate (with Emma Collins).
  • Laura Myers, a senior from Goodlettsville, Tenn., second in informative speaking, second in duo interpretation (with John Corum) and third in prose interpretation.
  • John Corum, a sophomore from Auburn, second in after-dinner speaking, second in duo interpretation (with Laura Myers), third in impromptu speaking and fifth in quadrathon.
  • Ashton Garber, a freshman from Osprey, Fla., second in poetry interpretation, third in dramatic interpretation, third in persuasive speaking, fourth in quadrathon and fourth in prose interpretation.
  • Meg Cox, a freshman from The Woodlands, Texas, second in prose interpretation and third in after-dinner speaking.
  • Spencer Orlowski, a junior from Davie, Fla., second in communication analysis, fourth in persuasive speaking and quarterfinalist in parliamentary debate (with Nefertiti Dukes).
  • Haddy Badjie, a freshman from Lewisville, Texas, second in persuasive speaking, fourth in poetry interpretation and fifth in dramatic interpretation.
  • Tiffany Lewis, a junior from Dubach, La., second in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Nefertiti Dukes, a sophomore from Miami Gardens, Fla., third in extemporaneous speaking and quarterfinalist in parliamentary debate (with Spencer Orlowski).
  • Susan Taylor, a senior from Kansas City, Mo., fourth in informative speaking, quarterfinalist in parliamentary debate (with Alexis Elliott) and fifth debate speaker.
  • Ellis Fraser, a sophomore from Hodgenville, fourth in after-dinner speaking, sixth in dramatic interpretation and sixth in poetry interpretation.
  • Rebekah Hall, a freshman from Des Moines, Iowa, fourth in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Alexis Elliott, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., quarterfinalist in parliamentary debate (with Susan Taylor) and ninth debate speaker.

Results from the University of Oklahoma and West Texas A&M University “22nd Annual Sweetheart Swing” are as follows:

  • Layton Garlington, a junior from Ruston, La., tournament champion in prose interpretation, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and third in programmed oral interpretation at the West Texas tournament; tournament champion in communication analysis, fourth in programmed oral interpretation, fifth in prose interpretation and sixth in dramatic interpretation at the Oklahoma tournament.
  • Janniqua Dawkins, a sophomore from Hollywood, Fla., tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and tournament champion in persuasive speaking at the Oklahoma tournament; second in after-dinner speaking and second in persuasive speaking at the West Texas tournament.
  • Sarah Brazier, a senior from Wadsworth, Ohio, tournament champion in poetry interpretation and second in duo interpretation (with Lindsey White) at the Oklahoma tournament; third in poetry interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Lindsey White) at the West Texas tournament.
  • Richard Heyne, a junior from Sunrise, Fla., tournament champion in poetry interpretation and sixth in prose interpretation at the West Texas tournament; third in informative speaking, sixth in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in prose interpretation at the Oklahoma tournament.
  • Lindsey White, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., second in duo interpretation (with Sarah Brazier) and fifth in informative speaking at the Oklahoma tournament; third in informative speaking and third in duo interpretation (with Sarah Brazier) at the West Texas tournament.
  • Tiffany McLarty, a sophomore from Bronx, N.Y., second in informative speaking at the West Texas tournament; fourth in informative speaking at the Oklahoma tournament.

More: Check out the WKU Forensics Facebook page.

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

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