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WKU forensic team wins in Ohio

Fifteen WKU forensic team members traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to take part in two tournaments hosted by Ohio State University and Otterbein University the weekend of Dec. 3-5.

WKU was crowned sweepstakes champion at both tournaments, as well as overall sweepstakes champion for the two combined. Other placing schools included Carson-Newman College, Marshall University, Ohio University and Hillsdale College.

This was the team’s last tournament of the semester with competition resuming Jan. 23 at the American Forensic Association District Qualifier, hosted by Alabama University.

This weekend, WKU’s forensic team will host high school students from all over the country at the annual Hilltopper Classic speech and debate tournament.  About 600 students will participate in the two-day competition.

Results from the Ohio State & Otterbein College “Holiday Frolic” Speech and Debate Tournaments are as follows:

Amanda Waid, a sophomore from Symsonia, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, tournament champion in persuasive speaking, tournament champion in communication analysis and second in prose interpretation at the Ohio State tournament; second in communication analysis, second in dramatic interpretation, third in persuasive speaking and fourth in prose interpretation at the Otterbein tournament.

Chelsea Harman, a senior from Hickory, tournament champion in poetry interpretation, second in communication analysis at the Ohio State tournament; tournament champion in communication analysis, tournament champion in poetry interpretation and fifth in prose interpretation at the Otterbein tournament.

Mario Nguyen, a junior from Plano, Texas, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Celena Allen), second in poetry interpretation and third in communication analysis at the Otterbein tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Celena Allen), third in poetry interpretation and fifth in communication analysis at the Ohio State tournament.

Celena Allen, a junior from Hayward, Calif., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Mario Nguyen) and third in prose interpretation at the Otterbein tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Mario Nguyen) and fourth in prose interpretation at the Ohio State tournament.

Sarah Spiker-Rainey, a senior from Snohomish, Wash., tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking and semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Otterbein tournament; second in extemporaneous speaking, sixth in informative speaking and quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Ohio State tournament.

Todd Rainey, a senior from Indianapolis, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Ohio State tournament; second in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fourth debate speaker at the Otterbein tournament.

Maximilian Tagher, a sophomore from Walton, tournament champion in impromptu speaking, fifth debate speaker and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Otterbein tournament; second in impromptu speaking at the Ohio State tournament.

Spencer Orlowski, a freshman from Davie, Fla., tournament champion in informative speaking at the Otterbein tournament; second in informative speaking and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Ohio State tournament.

Susan Taylor, a freshman from Kansas City, Mo., second debate speaker, semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and third in impromptu speaking at the Ohio State tournament; quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Otterbein tournament.

Liz Owens, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, second debate speaker and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Otterbein tournament; semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate, fifth in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in persuasive speaking at the Ohio State tournament.

Frank Murdock, a junior from Kingston, Wash., fourth in extemporaneous speaking and fifth debate speaker at the Ohio State tournament; sixth debate speaker and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Otterbein tournament.

Rob Strobel, a senior from Lexington, fourth in impromptu speaking and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Ohio State tournament.

Mitchell Grogg, a sophomore from Evansville, Ind., octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Ohio State tournament.

Matt Whitman, a junior from Austin, Texas, octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Ohio State tournament.

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

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