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WKU forensics team wins two tournaments at Murray State

WKU’s forensics team was crowned sweepstakes champion at two tournaments Feb. 8-9 on the campus of Murray State University.

WKU’s team consisted of 22 members, all of whom advanced to at least one final round. Four members of the team were recognized for their individual success across at least four events, receiving pentathalon awards. Senior Richard Heyne was first, followed by sophomore Rebekah Hall in second, sophomore Meg Cox in fourth and senior Lindsey White in fifth. Other schools competing included the University of Alabama, Tennessee State University, Ball State University, Belmont University, Murray State University and North Central College.

Next weekend the team will travel to Norman, Okla., for two tournaments hosted by the University of Oklahoma.

Results from the Murray State “Jackson Purchase” Swing are as follows:

  • Richard Heyne, a senior from Sunrise, Fla., tournament champion in informative speaking, tournament champion in pentathalon, second in prose interpretation and fifth in duo interpretation (with Gabriella Devia-Allen) at the Murray portion; second in duo interpretation (with Gabriella Devia-Allen) third in after-dinner speaking and fifth in poetry interpretation at the Alumni portion.
  • Nick Gilyard, a senior from Miami Gardens, Fla., tournament champion in informative speaking, tournament champion in poetry interpretation and fourth in after-dinner speaking at the Alumni portion; tournament champion in after-dinner speaking at the Murray portion.
  • Brittany Broder, a sophomore from St. Charles, Mo., tournament in impromptu speaking at the Murray portion; tournament champion in impromptu speaking at the Alumni portion.
  • Janniqua Dawkins, a junior from Hollywood, Fla., tournament champion in poetry interpretation, third in communication analysis and sixth in persuasive speaking at the Murray portion; third in communication analysis at the Alumni portion.
  • Jamaque Newberry, a junior from Tamarac, Fla., tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and fourth in poetry interpretation at the Alumni portion; second in after-dinner speaking and second in poetry interpretation at the Murray portion.
  • Lauren Sledge, a freshman from Bowling Green, tournament champion in communication analysis and fourth in persuasive speaking at the Alumni portion; third in dramatic interpretation and fourth in communication analysis at the Murray portion.
  • Lataya Williams, a sophomore from Falcon Heights, Minn., tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation and fourth in persuasive speaking at the Murray portion; fifth in persuasive speaking at the Alumni portion.
  • Haddy Badjie, a sophomore from Lewisville, Texas, tournament champion in communication analysis and fifth in extemporaneous speaking at the Murray portion; third in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in communication analysis at the Alumni portion.
  • Darius Wilson, a junior from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Tyler Rife) and sixth in dramatic interpretation at the Murray portion; fifth in dramatic interpretation at the Alumni portion.
  • Rebekah Hall, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking at the Alumni portion; second in impromptu speaking, second in extemporaneous speaking, second in pentathalon and fourth in informative speaking
  • Elle Pratt, a senior from Fullerton, Calif., tournament champion in dramatic interpretation at the Alumni portion.
  • Tyler Rife, a senior from Dayton, Ohio, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Darius Wilson) at the Murray portion.
  • Ray Roberts, a junior from Houston, Texas, tournament champion in prose interpretation at the Murray portion.
  • Jasmine Jones, a sophomore from Elizabethtown, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation at the Murray portion.
  • Sebastian Orozco, a junior from El Paso, Texas, second in duo interpretation (with Justin Rodriguez) third in poetry interpretation and third in prose interpretation at the Murray portion; third in duo interpretation (with Justin Rodriguez) at the Alumni portion.
  • Meg Cox, a sophomore from The Woodlands, Texas, second in informative speaking, third in persuasive speaking, fourth in prose interpretation and fourth in pentathalon at the Alumni portion; fourth in dramatic interpretation at the Murray portion.
  • Gabriella Devia-Allen, a senior from Davie, Fla., second in duo interpretation (with Richard Heyne) third in programmed oral interpretation and sixth in dramatic interpretation at the Alumni portion; second in programmed oral interpretation and fifth in duo interpretation (with Richard Heyne) at the Murray portion.
  • Austin Groves, a junior from Blue Springs, Mo., second in poetry interpretation and fourth in dramatic interpretation at the Alumni portion; fourth in poetry interpretation at the Murray portion.
  • Lindsey White, a senior from St. Paul, Minn., second in informative speaking, fifth in pentathalon and fifth in programmed oral interpretation at the Murray portion; third in informative speaking and seventh in pentathalon at the Alumni portion.
  • Taylor Holcombe, a freshman from Blue Springs, Mo., second in dramatic interpretation at the Alumni portion; third in programmed oral interpretation at the Murray portion.
  • Justin Rodriguez, a senior from Coos Bay, Ore., second in duo interpretation (with Sebastian Orozco) at the Murray portion; third in duo interpretation (with Sebastian Orozco) at the Alumni portion.
  • John Reynolds, a junior from Harlingen, Texas, second in after-dinner speaking and fourth in informative speaking at the Alumni portion.

More: Check out the WKU Forensics Facebook page.

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

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