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WKU forensics team wins at tourneys in Illinois, Pennsylvania

WKU forensics team members traveled to Normal, Ill.; Peoria, Ill.; and Easton, Pa., to compete in four tournaments the weekend of Oct. 5-6.

In Illinois, WKU was crowned sweepstakes champion in both tournaments, ahead of schools including Northwestern University, Truman State University, University of Northern Iowa and Eastern Michigan University. For the portion of the tournament hosted by Illinois State University, WKU students accomplished a rare close out of the final round of poetry interpretation. A close out occurs when all competitors in the final round are from the same school. This is the second weekend in a row the team has closed out an individual events final round.

In Pennsylvania, the team captured the top spot in debate at both tournaments, closing out the semifinal round at the second half. A close out occurs when the remaining debaters are from the same school, thus eliminating the need for an additional round of debate. This is also the second weekend in a row that WKU has closed out a debate tournament at the semifinal round.  The team was crowned tournament champions over all other schools, including Ohio State University, Otterbein and Saint Anselm University.

WKU Director of Forensics Jace Lux said that such impressive performances this early in the season are a reflection of the effort the students and coaches. “We are only three weeks into our competition year, and already we’ve accomplished several feats that generally only happen every five years or so,” he said. “This just illustrates the dedication and drive our students have this year. Perhaps most impressively, only about half of our students competed this weekend, so I can’t wait to see what they do when the whole team travels together.”

Next weekend, the team will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to compete at the University of Alabama.

Results from the Seventy-Four Swing are as follows:

  • Nick Gilyard, a senior from Miami Gardens, Fla., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Ray Roberts) and second in duo interpretation (with Lindsey White) at the Bradley tournament; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Ray Roberts) at the ISU tournament.
  • Kristina Medero, a junior from Davie, Fla., tournament champion in informative speaking, second in individual sweepstakes and sixth in persuasive speaking at the Bradley tournament; third in quadrathon, sixth in informative speaking and seventh in impromptu speaking at the ISU tournament.
  • Ray Roberts, a junior from Houston, Texas, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Nick Gilyard) and fourth in poetry interpretation at the Bradley tournament; tournament champion in poetry interpretation and tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Nick Gilyard) at the ISU tournament.
  • Lataya Williams, a sophomore from Falcon Heights, Minn., tournament champion in poetry interpretation, fifth in prose interpretation and seventh in duo interpretation (with Darius Wilson) at the Bradley tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Darius Wilson) and third in poetry interpretation at the ISU tournament.
  • Darius Wilson, a junior from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in prose interpretation and seventh in duo interpretation (with Lataya Williams) at the Bradley tournament; tournament champion in prose interpretation and second in duo interpretation (with Lataya Williams) at the ISU tournament.
  • Haddy Badjie, a sophomore from Lewisville, Texas, tournament champion in persuasive speaking, third in informative speaking, and fifth in poetry interpretation at the Bradley tournament; fourth in poetry interpretation and fourth in informative speaking at the ISU tournament.
  • Marshall Covert, a senior from St. Paul, Minn., tournament champion in impromptu speaking at the Bradley tournament; third in impromptu speaking and fourth in duo interpretation (with Emma Wilczynski) at the ISU tournament.
  • Gabriella Devia-Allen, a senior from Davie, Fla., second in communication analysis, second in impromptu speaking and second in poetry interpretation at the Bradley tournament; second in poetry interpretation, third in communication analysis and fourth in impromptu speaking at the ISU tournament.
  • Sebastian Orozco, a junior from El Paso, Texas, second in programmed oral interpretation at the Bradley tournament; fourth in programmed oral interpretation and fifth in dramatic interpretation at the ISU tournament.
  • Paige Settles, a sophomore from Floyds Knobs, Ind., second in extemporaneous speaking, third in communication analysis and fourth in informative speaking at the Bradley tournament; second in extemporaneous speaking at the ISU tournament.
  • Lindsey White, a senior from St. Paul, Minn., second in dramatic interpretation and second in duo interpretation (with Nick Gilyard) at the Bradley tournament; second in dramatic interpretation at the ISU tournament.
  • Jamaque Newberry, a junior from Tamarac, Fla., second in programmed oral interpretation, third in duo interpretation (with Brent O’Connor) and fourth in dramatic interpretation at the ISU tournament; third in programmed oral interpretation, third in dramatic interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Brent O’Connor) at the Bradley tournament.
  • Tyler Rife, a senior from Dayton, Ohio, second in informative speaking and fifth in prose interpretation at the ISU tournament; fourth in prose interpretation at the Bradley tournament.
  • Brent O’Connor, a freshman from Plantation, Fla., third in duo interpretation (with Jamaque Newberry) and sixth in poetry interpretation at the Bradley tournament; third in duo interpretation (with Jamaque Newberry) and sixth in poetry interpretation at the ISU tournament.
  • Emma Wilczynski, a senior from Florence, fourth in duo interpretation (with Marshall Covert) at the ISU tournament.
  • Jasmine Jones, a sophomore from Elizabethtown, fifth in poetry interpretation and sixth in dramatic interpretation at the ISU tournament; sixth in dramatic interpretation and seventh in informative speaking at the Bradley tournament.
  • Lauren Sledge, a freshman from Bowling Green, fifth in informative speaking at the Bradley tournament; seventh in informative speaking at the ISU tournament.
  • Jackson Sanders, a freshman from Cynthiana, fifth in impromptu speaking at the Bradley tournament.

Results from the Lafayette Debate Tournament are as follows:

  • Emma Collins, a junior from Chicago, Ill., tournament champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fourth debate speaker at the first half; co-champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate and third debate speaker at the second half.
  • Nefertiti Dukes, a junior from Miami Gardens, Fla., top debate speaker and semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the second half; semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and second debate speaker at the first half.
  • Tyler Prochazka, a junior from Newton, Kan., co-champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the second half; third debate speaker at the first half.
  • Mark Allseits, a freshman from Englewood, Fla., semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the second half; quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the first half.
  • John Corum, a junior from Auburn, semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the first half.
  • Spencer Orlowski, a senior from Davie, Fla., quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the first half; quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fifth debate speaker at the second half.
  • Tiffany Lewis, a senior from Dubach, La., quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the first half; quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the second half.

More: Check out the WKU Forensics Facebook page.

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

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