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Forensic team members win tournaments in Nebraska, West Virginia

WKU forensic team members traveled to Omaha, Neb.; Huntington, W.Va.; and Rome, Ga., the weekend of Oct. 29-30 to take part in four tournaments.

At the University of Nebraska at Omaha tournament, co-hosted with Doane College, WKU’s team of only five was triple-crowned with three sweepstakes championships: first in team sweepstakes in the UNO portion, first in team sweepstakes in the Doane portion, and first in overall team sweepstakes for the two tournaments combined. Other top schools included Concordia College and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Also, all WKU team members advanced to elimination rounds. Sophomore Lindsey White was crowned individual sweepstakes champion, a measure of individual success at the tournament. Sophomore John Reynolds placed second in individual sweepstakes.

At the Marshall University tournament, WKU was crowned with two sweepstakes championships: first in overall team sweepstakes and first in debate team sweepstakes.  Two team members closed out the final round of novice Lincoln-Douglas debate, meaning that WKU’s team was the only team to advance to the final round. WKU also placed two team members in individual sweepstakes, which is a measure of a student’s overall success at the tournament. Sophomore Nick Gilyard placed second overall, and senior Wilian Iralzabal placed fourth.

At Berry College, another squad of six placed third in team sweepstakes. Every student advanced to a final round.

Next weekend, the team will split up again to compete at two different tournaments. A small group will travel to Warrensburg, Mo., to compete at Central Missouri State University. The rest of the team will visit Peoria, Ill., for the largest invitational tournament of the year, hosted by Bradley University.

Results from the UNO/Doane College Go Nuts Swing Tournament are as follows:

  • Mario Nguyen, a senior from Plano, Texas, tournament champion in communication analysis, tournament champion in informative speaking, and tournament champion in impromptu speaking in the UNO portion; tournament champion in communication analysis, tournament champion in impromptu speaking, and third in informative speaking in the Doane portion.
  • Lindsey White, a sophomore from St. Paul, Minn., tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with John Reynolds), fifth in poetry interpretation, and semifinalist in prose interpretation in the UNO portion; tournament champion in poetry interpretation, tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, second in prose interpretation, second in informative speaking, and second in duo interpretation (with John Reynolds) in the Doane portion.
  • John Reynolds, a sophomore from Harlingen, Texas, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Lindsey White), third in informative speaking, fifth in dramatic interpretation, and fifth in prose interpretation in the UNO portion; tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, second in duo interpretation (with Lindsey White) in the Doane portion.
  • Bailey Armstrong, a freshman from Hoffman Estates, Ill., second in extemporaneous speaking and second in after-dinner speaking in the UNO portion; second in extemporaneous speaking and second in impromptu speaking in the Doane portion.
  • Jamaque Newberry, a freshman from Tamarac, Fla., third in dramatic interpretation and fourth in poetry interpretation in the UNO portion; third in dramatic interpretation, fourth in poetry interpretation, and fourth in prose interpretation in the Doane portion.

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

  • Nick Gilyard, a sophomore from Miami Gardens, Fla., tournament champion in prose interpretation, tournament champion in informative speaking, third in dramatic interpretation, and fourth in duo interpretation (with Richard Heyne).
  • Wilian Iralzabal, a senior from Union City, Calif., tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, and tournament champion in poetry interpretation.
  • Robert Hollar, a freshman from Los Angeles, Calif., tournament co-champion in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • John Corum, a freshman from Auburn, tournament co-champion in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Frank Murdock, a senior from Kingston, Wash., second in extemporaneous speaking, semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate, fifth debate speaker, and sixth in impromptu speaking.
  • Spencer Orlowski, a sophomore from Davie, Fla., second debate speaker and semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Gabriella Devia-Allen, a sophomore from Davie, Fla., second in poetry interpretation and fourth in persuasive speaking.
  • Richard Heyne, a sophomore from Sunrise, Fla., second in prose interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Nick Gilyard).
  • Tyler Prochazka, a freshman from Newton, Kan., third debate speaker and fifth in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Mitchell Grogg, a junior from Evansville, Ind., third in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Kristina Medero, a freshman from Davie, Fla., third in poetry interpretation.
  • Nefertiti Dukes, a freshman from Miami Gardens, Fla., 10th debate speaker.

Results from the Berry College “Georgia Mountain” Swing Tournament are as follows:

  • Ray Roberts, a freshman from Houston, Texas, tournament champion in poetry interpretation.
  • Marshall Covert, a sophomore from St. Paul, Minn., tournament champion in dramatic interpretation.
  • Celena Allen, a senior from Hayward, Calif., second in prose interpretation, second in poetry interpretation, and fourth in after-dinner speaking.
  • Laura Myers, a junior from Goodlettsville, Tenn., second in communication analysis.
  • Alexis Elliott, a sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., fourth in impromptu speaking.
  • Janniqua Dawkins, a freshman from Hollywood, Fla., fifth in informative speaking.

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

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