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WKU forensics team second at 2013 AFA national tournament

The WKU forensics team placed second at the 2013 American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament, hosted April 5-8 by Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan.

Seventy-eight schools competed at AFA this year, with 500 competitors. The top five finishers were: Bradley University, WKU, George Mason University, University of Texas at Austin and University of Alabama.

WKU sent 26 competitors with a total of 66 entries to the national tournament.  Of the 66 total entries, 39 advanced to quarterfinal rounds, a team record; 25 of those advanced to the semifinal round, another team record; and 11 events made it to the final rounds of competition, five more than last year.

In addition to the team’s success, WKU forensics team members captured three of the top 20 individual sweepstakes awards. Sophomore Ray Roberts placed seventh overall, junior Tyler Rife placed 13th and junior Nick Gilyard placed 18th. These sweepstakes awards are measures of a student’s individual success over the course of the tournament.

“I’m really proud of the students on this team for their work and what they accomplished this weekend. Congratulations to Bradley University for their success,” said WKU Director of Forensics Dr. Jace Lux. “Now we turn our attention to getting ready for the final tournament on the year, the National Forensic Association national tournament.”

The WKU team will compete one final time this year April 18-22 in Huntington, W.Va., at the National Forensic Association national tournament, hosted by Marshall University.

Individual results from the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament are as follows:

  • Lindsey White, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., national champion in programmed oral interpretation and fifth in dramatic interpretation.
  • Richard Heyne, a junior from Sunrise, Fla., second in programmed oral interpretation and sixth in communication analysis.
  • Ray Roberts, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, second in prose interpretation, seventh in quadrathon, semifinalist in dramatic interpretation, semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Nick Gilyard), semifinalist in programmed oral interpretation and quarterfinalist in poetry interpretation.
  • Alexis Elliott, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., third in extemporaneous speaking and quarterfinalist in impromptu speaking.
  • Tiffany McLarty, a sophomore from Bronx, N.Y., fourth in after-dinner speaking and quarterfinalist in duo interpretation (with Layton Garlington).
  • Sarah Brazier, a senior from Wadsworth, Ohio, fifth in programmed oral interpretation and sixth in dramatic interpretation.
  • Nick Gilyard, a junior from Miami Gardens, Fla., fifth in informative speaking, 18th in quadrathon, semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Ray Roberts), quarterfinalist in persuasive speaking and quarterfinalist in poetry interpretation.
  • Tyler Rife, a junior from Dayton, Ohio, sixth in prose interpretation, 13th in quadrathon, semifinalist in dramatic interpretation, semifinalist in informative speaking and semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Elle Pratt).
  • Elle Pratt, a junior from Fullerton, Calif., semifinalist in programmed oral interpretation and semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Tyler Rife).
  • Gabriella Devia-Allen, a junior from Davie, Fla., semifinalist in informative speaking and quarterfinalist in dramatic interpretation.
  • Darius Wilson, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., semifinalist in poetry interpretation and quarterfinalist in duo interpretation (with Lataya Williams).
  • Lataya Williams, a freshman from Falcon Heights, Minn., semifinalist in programmed oral interpretation, quarterfinalist in poetry interpretation and quarterfinalist in duo interpretation (with Darius Wilson).
  • Marshall Covert, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., semifinalist in impromptu speaking.
  • Janniqua Dawkins, a sophomore from Hollywood, Fla., semifinalist in informative speaking.
  • Emma Wilczynski, a junior from Florence, semifinalist in informative speaking.
  • Justin Rodriguez, a junior from Coos Bay, Ore., semifinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Layton Garlington, a junior from Ruston, La., quarterfinalist in programmed oral interpretation and quarterfinalist in duo interpretation (with Tiffany McLarty).
  • Nefertiti Dukes, a sophomore from Miami Gardens, Fla., quarterfinalist in impromptu speaking.
  • Paige Settles, a freshman from Floyds Knobs, Ind., quarterfinalist in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Ian Dowty, a sophomore from Valley Center, Kan., quarterfinalist in after-dinner speaking.
  • Jamaque Newberry, a sophomore from Tamarac, Fla., quarterfinalist in after-dinner speaking.
  • Kristina Medero, a sophomore from Davie, Fla., quarterfinalist in poetry interpretation.

More: Check out the WKU Forensics Facebook page or WKU Forensics on Twitter.

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

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