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WKU forensics team members find success in six tournaments

The WKU forensics team traveled to Warrensburg, Mo.; Berea, Ky.; and Muncie, Ind., to take part in six tournaments the weekend of Oct. 19-20.

The tournaments in Muncie were co-hosted by Ball State University and Illinois State University. WKU placed second in team sweepstakes out of 19 schools and was awarded the traveling trophy for sustained excellence. The traveling trophy winner is determined by accumulating sweepstakes points for each school over multiple years and rewarding the top ranked school each year, which then resets the accumulated points of the winner. At the ISU tournament the team was awarded third place in team sweepstakes. Additionally, all 14 team members advanced to a final round in at least one event. Other competing schools included Bradley University, Illinois State University, Northwestern University, Ohio University, Ohio State University and University of Alabama.

In Berea, the team of seven placed second in team sweepstakes at both tournaments. All members advanced to at least one final round this weekend, and each member won at least one individual event.

At Central Missouri, WKU’s team of eight placed third in debate sweepstakes and third in overall tournament sweepstakes. At this tournament, like all of the others this weekend, all WKU team members advanced to a final round in at least one event.

Next weekend, the team will split to travel in two directions. Some team members will travel to Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., while others will attend a tournament at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.

Results from the 43rd annual Ball State/Illinois State “Age of Aquarius” Swing Tournament are as follows:

  • Richard Heyne, a senior from Sunrise, Fla., tournament champion in communication analysis, third in prose interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Ashton Garber) at the Ball State tournament.
  • Justin Rodriguez, a senior from Coos Bay, Ore., tournament champion in prose interpretation and third in informative speaking at the ISU tournament; second in prose interpretation and third in informative speaking at the Ball State tournament.
  • Ashton Garber, a sophomore from Osprey, Fla., tournament champion in persuasive speaking, fourth in dramatic interpretation and fourth in prose interpretation at the ISU tournament; third in duo interpretation (with Richard Heyne) at the Ball State tournament.
  • Tyler Rife, a senior from Dayton, Ohio, tournament champion in informative speaking and fourth in duo interpretation (with Elle Pratt) at the Ball State tournament; sixth in duo interpretation (with Elle Pratt) at the ISU tournament.
  • Brittany Broder, a sophomore from St. Charles, Mo., second in communication analysis and third in persuasive speaking at the ISU tournament; fifth in communication analysis and sixth in extemporaneous speaking at the Ball State tournament.
  • Austin Groves, a junior from Blue Springs, Mo., second in duo interpretation (with Taylor Holcombe) and sixth in persuasive speaking at the Ball State tournament; fourth in duo interpretation (with Taylor Holcombe) at the ISU tournament.
  • Taylor Holcombe, a freshman from Blue Springs, Mo., second in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) at the Ball State tournament; fourth in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) at the ISU tournament.
  • Janniqua Dawkins, a junior from Hollywood, Fla., second in informative speaking at the Ball State tournament.
  • John Reynolds, a junior from Harlingen, Texas, third in dramatic interpretation and fifth in duo interpretation (with Elle Pratt) at the ISU tournament; fifth in duo interpretation (with Elle Pratt) at the Ball State tournament.
  • Ellis Fraser, a junior from Hodgenville, third in impromptu speaking at the Ball State tournament.
  • Elle Pratt, a senior from Fullerton, Calif., fourth in duo interpretation (with Tyler Rife) and fifth in duo interpretation (with John Reynolds) at the Ball State tournament; fifth in duo interpretation (with John Reynolds) and sixth in duo interpretation (with Tyler Rife) at the ISU tournament.
  • Meg Cox, a sophomore from The Woodlands, Texas, fifth in prose interpretation at the Ball State tournament.
  • Ian Dowty, a junior from Valley Center, Kan., sixth in prose interpretation and sixth in dramatic interpretation at the ISU tournament.
  • Jeffrey Wren, a freshman from Oklahoma City, Okla., sixth in after-dinner speaking at the ISU tournament.

Results from the University of Cumberlands Forensics Alumni Association Curtis Brown Memorial Individual Events Swing as follows:

  • Lindsey White, a senior from St. Paul, Minn., tournament champion in prose interpretation and tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Nick Gilyard) at the Berea tournament; second in dramatic interpretation and second in duo interpretation (with Nick Gilyard) at the Cumberlands tournament.
  • Gabriella Devia-Allen, a senior from Davie, Fla., tournament champion in impromptu speaking and tournament champion in poetry interpretation at the Cumberlands tournament; second in poetry interpretation and third in impromptu speaking at the Berea tournament.
  • Lauren Sledge, a freshman from Bowling Green, tournament champion in informative speaking and fourth in prose interpretation at the Berea tournament; tournament champion in informative speaking at the Cumberlands tournament.
  • Darius Wilson, a junior from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Lataya Williams) and fourth in dramatic interpretation at the Cumberlands tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Lataya Williams) and sixth in prose interpretation at the Berea tournament.
  • Lataya Williams, a sophomore from Falcon Heights, Minn., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Darius Wilson) at the Cumberlands tournament; second in prose interpretation and second in duo interpretation (with Darius Wilson) at the Berea tournament.
  • Nick Gilyard, a senior from Miami Gardens, Fla., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Lindsey White) at the Berea tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Lindsey White) at the Cumberlands tournament.
  • Ray Roberts, a junior from Houston, Texas, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation at the Cumberlands tournament; fifth in prose interpretation at the Berea tournament.

Results from the University of Central Missouri “Mule” and Dale Carnegie Swing Invitational are as follows:

  • Nefertiti Dukes, a junior from Miami Gardens, Fla., tournament champion in Lincoln Douglas debate and sixth debate speaker in the second half; tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in impromptu speaking in the first half.
  • Tyler Prochazka, a junior from Newton, Kan., tournament champion in impromptu speaking and second in extemporaneous speaking in the second half; second in Lincoln Douglas debate and second debate speaker in the first half.
  • John Corum, a junior from Auburn, second in extemporaneous speaking and third in impromptu speaking in the first half.
  • Spencer Orlowski, a senior from Davie, Fla., second in informative speaking in the first half; octofinalist in Lincoln Douglas debate and fourth debate speaker in the second half.
  • Mark Allseits, a freshman from Englewood, Fla., semifinalist in Lincoln Douglas debate and sixth debate speaker in the first half; quarterfinalist in Lincoln Douglas debate.
  • Emma Collins, a junior from Chicago, Ill., fourth in impromptu speaking and fourth in extemporaneous speaking in the first half.
  • Tiffany Lewis, a senior from Dubach, La., quarterfinalist in Lincoln Douglas debate in the first half; third in extemporaneous speaking in the second half.
  • Rebekah Hall, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, quarterfinalist in Lincoln Douglas debate in the first half; third in informative speaking in the second half.

More: Check out the WKU Forensics Facebook page.

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

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