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WKU forensics team wins at tournaments in Tennessee, Ohio

Members of the WKU forensics team traveled to Nashville, Tenn., and Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete in four tournaments the weekend of Nov. 16-17.

At Bowling Green State University, WKU’s contingent of 13 was crowned team sweepstakes champion at both tournaments. Other competing schools included Notre Dame University, Eastern Michigan University and Hillsdale College. All team members advanced to a final round in at least one event, and freshman Carolyn Evans was awarded second in individual sweepstakes at the BGSU tournament, a measure of personal success across a tournament.

At Belmont, the tournaments were co-hosted by Belmont University and Carson-Newman University. There, the squad of 15 was crowned overall team sweepstakes champion for the two tournaments combined, ahead of 13 other schools including the University of Alabama, Tennessee State University and University of West Florida.

The team will next travel in three weeks when members head to Columbus, Ohio, to compete on the campus of Ohio State University.

Individual results for the Bowling Green State University “Birds of a Feather” Swing are as follows:

  • John Reynolds, a junior from Harlingen, Texas, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Elle Pratt) and third in dramatic interpretation at the BGSU tournament; tournament champion in prose interpretation and fifth in dramatic interpretation at the BGSU Alumni tournament.
  • Sebastian Orozco, a junior from El Paso, Texas, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Emma Wilczynski) at the BGSU tournament; second in poetry interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Emma Wilczynski) at the BGSU Alumni tournament.
  • Carolyn Evans, a freshman from Urbandale, Iowa, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking, third in individual sweepstakes and seventh in communication analysis at the BGSU Alumni tournament; second in individual sweepstakes, second in extemporaneous speaking, second in impromptu speaking and fourth in communication analysis at the BGSU tournament.
  • Brittany Broder, a sophomore from St. Charles, Mo., tournament champion in long-form impromptu speaking, second in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in impromptu speaking at the BGSU Alumni tournament; fourth in extemporaneous speaking at the BGSU tournament.
  • Jasmine Jones, a sophomore from Elizabethtown, tournament champion in communication analysis and second in dramatic interpretation at the BGSU tournament; fourth in communication analysis and sixth in dramatic interpretation at the BGSU Alumni tournament.
  • Emma Wilczynski, a senior from Florence, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking, third in prose interpretation, third in informative speaking and third in duo interpretation (with Sebastian Orozco) at the BGSU Alumni tournament; third in informative speaking and third in duo interpretation (with Sebastian Orozco) at the BGSU tournament.
  • Paige Settles, a sophomore from Floyds Knobs, Ind., tournament champion in impromptu speaking and sixth in informative speaking at the BGSU Alumni tournament; third in long-form impromptu speaking at the BGSU tournament.
  • Elle Pratt, a senior from Fullerton, Calif., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with John Reynolds) and seventh in prose interpretation at the BGSU tournament.
  • Lauren Sledge, a freshman from Bowling Green, tournament champion in persuasive speaking at the BGSU Alumni tournament; fifth in dramatic interpretation at the BGSU tournament.
  • Jeffrey Wren, a freshman from Oklahoma City, Okla., second in after-dinner speaking at the BGSU Alumni tournament.
  • Spencer Orlowski, a senior from Davie, Fla., second in communication analysis at the BGSU Alumni tournament.
  • Tiffany Lewis, a senior from Dubach, La., third in extemporaneous speaking at the BGSU Alumni tournament.
  • Ian Dowty, a junior from Valley Center, Kan., fifth in after-dinner speaking at the BGSU tournament; sixth in after-dinner speaking and sixth in prose interpretation at the BGSU Alumni tournament.

Individual results for the Belmont/Carson-Newman Tennessee Porch Swing are as follows:

  • Nefertiti Dukes, a junior from Miami Gardens, Fla., tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking, second in impromptu speaking and fourth in informative speaking at the Carson-Newman tournament; third in extemporaneous speaking and semifinalist in impromptu speaking at the Belmont tournament.
  • Taylor Holcombe, a freshman from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in persuasive speaking and second in prose interpretation at the Belmont tournament; tournament champion in prose interpretation at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Haddy Badjie, a sophomore from Lewisville, Texas, tournament champion in poetry interpretation and second in dramatic interpretation at the Belmont tournament; tournament champion in dramatic interpretation at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Layton Garlington, a senior from Ruston, La., tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, third in poetry interpretation and third in dramatic interpretation at the Belmont tournament; second in programmed oral interpretation at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Tyler Prochazka, a junior from Newton, Kan., tournament champion in impromptu speaking and fourth in extemporaneous speaking at the Belmont tournament; second in extemporaneous speaking and semifinalist in impromptu speaking at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Ashton Garber, a sophomore from Osprey, Fla., tournament champion in dramatic interpretation at the Belmont tournament; second in prose interpretation at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Austin Groves, a junior from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in prose interpretation and fifth in persuasive speaking at the Belmont tournament.
  • Emma Collins, a junior from Chicago, Ill., tournament champion in impromptu speaking at the Carson-Newman tournament; second in extemporaneous speaking, third in informative speaking and fifth in impromptu speaking at the Belmont tournament.
  • Nick Gilyard, a senior from Miami Gardens, Fla., tournament champion in informative speaking at the Carson-Newman tournament; second in informative speaking at the Belmont tournament.
  • Darius Wilson, a junior from Blue Springs, Mo., second in poetry interpretation at the Belmont tournament; fourth in dramatic interpretation at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • John Corum, a junior from Auburn, third in impromptu speaking and fourth in extemporaneous speaking at the Carson-Newman tournament; fifth in extemporaneous speaking and semifinalist in impromptu speaking at the Belmont tournament.
  • Jackson Sanders, a freshman from Cynthiana, third in impromptu speaking and fifth in dramatic interpretation at the Belmont tournament; semifinalist in impromptu speaking at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Meg Cox, a sophomore from The Woodlands, Texas, third in dramatic interpretation and third in prose interpretation at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Richard Heyne, a senior from Sunrise, Fla., third in programmed oral interpretation at the Belmont tournament.

More: Check out the WKU Forensics Facebook page.

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

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