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WKU forensics team members win at Marshall, Arizona State

WKU forensics team members traveled to Huntington, W.Va., and Tempe, Ariz., the weekend of Oct. 26-27 to take part in two tournaments.

At Marshall University, WKU was crowned team debate sweepstakes champion and overall sweepstakes champion, ahead of 12 other schools, including University of Kentucky, Illinois State University and Ohio University. The team also secured nine of only 13 possible individual events championships. Three members of the WKU team also ranked among the top individual performers in a measure of overall success in multiple events; junior Jamaque Newberry was the tournament champion in individual sweepstakes, freshman Jackson Sanders placed fourth, and senior Layton Garlington placed fifth.

In Arizona, WKU co-hosted two tournaments with Arizona State University and was, therefore, ineligible for a team sweepstakes award. The team of 11 did, however, advance all students to elimination rounds and walked away with 15 individual event championships for the weekend.

Next weekend, the team will travel to Peoria, Ill., for the largest invitational tournament of the semester, hosted by Bradley University.

Results from the Marshall University “Chief Justice” Tournament are as follows:

  • Tyler Prochazka, a junior from Newton, Kan., tournament champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate, top debate speaker and fifth in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Jamaque Newberry, a junior from Tamarac, Fla., tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Brent O’Connor) and third in prose interpretation.
  • Haddy Badjie, a sophomore from Lewisville, Texas, tournament champion in poetry interpretation and second in persuasive speaking.
  • Brent O’Connor, a freshman from Plantation, Fla., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Jamaque Newberry) and second in poetry interpretation.
  • Spencer Orlowski, a senior from Davie, Fla., tournament champion in informative speaking, semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and third debate speaker.
  • Brittany Broder, a sophomore from St. Charles, Mo., tournament champion in persuasive speaking and fourth in impromptu speaking.
  • Ian Dowty, a junior from Valley Center, Kan., tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and sixth in prose interpretation.
  • John Corum, a junior from Auburn, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Emma Collins, a junior from Chicago, Ill., second in Lincoln-Douglas debate, second debate speaker, third in informative speaking and fourth in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Nefertiti Dukes, a junior from Miami Gardens, Fla., second in impromptu speaking, second in extemporaneous speaking, quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and sixth debate speaker.
  • Jackson Sanders, a freshman from Cynthiana, second in after-dinner speaking, third in dramatic interpretation and sixth in poetry interpretation.
  • Justin Rodriguez, a senior from Coos Bay, Ore., second in informative speaking and fourth in persuasive speaking.
  • Layton Garlington, a senior from Ruston, La., second in programmed oral interpretation, fourth in dramatic interpretation and fourth in poetry interpretation.
  • Taylor Holcombe, a freshman from Blue Springs, Mo., second in prose interpretation.
  • Sebastian Orozco, a junior from El Paso, Texas, second in dramatic interpretation.
  • Carolyn Evans, a freshman from Urbandale, Iowa, third in impromptu speaking and third in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Janniqua Dawkins, a junior from Hollywood, Fla., third in persuasive speaking and fourth in informative speaking.
  • Tiffany Lewis, a senior from Dubach, La., semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fifth debate speaker.
  • Mark Allseits, a freshman from Englewood, Fla., quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Jeffrey Wren, a freshman from Oklahoma City, Okla., fifth in after-dinner speaking.
  • John Reynolds, a junior from Harlingen, Texas, fifth in dramatic interpretation.

Results from the Arizona State University/WKU “West by Southwest” Swing Tournament are as follows:

  • Lataya Williams, a sophomore from Falcon Heights, Minn., tournament champion in persuasive speaking, tournament champion in poetry interpretation and tournament champion in prose interpretation at the WKU half; second in prose interpretation at the ASU half.
  • Gabriella Devia-Allen, a senior from Davie, Fla., tournament champion in communication analysis, tournament champion in impromptu speaking and second in poetry interpretation at the WKU half; second in communication analysis, third in poetry interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Kristina Medero) at the ASU half.
  • Jasmine Jones, a sophomore from Elizabethtown, tournament champion in informative speaking, second in communication analysis, fourth in dramatic interpretation and fifth in poetry interpretation at the WKU half; tournament champion in informative speaking, second in poetry interpretation and fifth in dramatic interpretation at the ASU half.
  • Tyler Rife, a senior from Dayton, Ohio, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Elle Pratt) second in informative speaking and fourth in poetry interpretation at the WKU half; second in informative speaking and sixth in duo interpretation (with Elle Pratt) at the ASU half.
  • Elle Pratt, a senior from Fullerton, Calif., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Tyler Rife) and second in prose interpretation at the WKU half; sixth in duo interpretation (with Tyler Rife) at the ASU half.
  • Richard Heyne, a senior from Sunrise, Fla., tournament champion in communication analysis and second in programmed oral interpretation at the ASU half; third in programmed oral interpretation and fifth in communication analysis at the WKU half.
  • Kristina Medero, a junior from Davie, Fla., tournament champion in persuasive speaking, third in dramatic interpretation, third in duo interpretation (with Gabriella Devia-Allen) and sixth in poetry interpretation at the ASU half; tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and sixth in poetry interpretation at the WKU half.
  • Ashton Garber, a sophomore from Osprey, Fla., tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and third in prose interpretation at the ASU tournament; sixth in dramatic interpretation and seventh in prose interpretation at the WKU half.
  • Paige Settles, a sophomore from Floyds Knobs, Ind., tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in communication analysis at the WKU half; third in communication analysis, third in impromptu speaking and third in extemporaneous speaking at the ASU half.
  • Emma Wilczynski, a senior from Florence, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and fifth in duo interpretation (with Marshall Covert) at the WKU half; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Marshall Covert) and fifth in informative speaking at the ASU half.
  • Marshall Covert, a senior from St. Paul, Minn., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Emma Wilczynski) fourth in persuasive speaking and fourth in dramatic interpretation at the ASU half; second in dramatic interpretation, third in persuasive speaking, fifth in duo interpretation (with Emma Wilczynski) and sixth in prose interpretation at the WKU half.

More: Check out the WKU Forensics Facebook page.

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

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