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WKU forensics team opens season with debate win at Air Force Academy

The WKU forensics team began the 2012-2013 season this past weekend at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The squad of seven students closed out the final round of Lincoln-Douglas debate, securing the two top placements, as well as taking five of the top six speaker awards. A closeout occurs when the two remaining debaters are from the same school, thus eliminating the need for a final round debate.

Twenty-eight schools competed at the tournament, including Arizona State University, University of California State at Long Beach, Louisiana Technical University, Rice University, Texas Tech University, University of Alaska, University of Montana and University of Vermont.

WKU Director of Forensics Jace Lux said he couldn’t be more pleased with the results from the weekend.  “I’ve been preaching to our students the importance of starting out strong, and they certainly answered the call at the Air Force Academy tournament. Now the focus shifts to maintaining that momentum throughout the season. Our coaches and students have worked unbelievably hard to get ready for the start of the season, so it’s nice to see that effort pay off like this.”

This weekend, the WKU forensics team will host a tournament on campus. The team anticipates 20 to 25 schools making the trip to Bowling Green for the Fall Fiesta tournament.  Past participants have included the U.S. Air Force Academy, Louisiana State University, University of Alabama, University of Florida, Ohio University and Arizona State University, among others.

Results from the United States Air Force Academy are as follows:

  • Rebekah Hall, a freshman from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament co-champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate and third debate speaker.
  • Spencer Orlowski, a junior from Davie, Fla., tournament co-champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Tyler Prochazka, a sophomore from Newton, Kan., top debate speaker and quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Emma Collins, a sophomore from Chicago, quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fourth debate speaker.
  • Tiffany Lewis, a junior from Dubach, La., quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fifth debate speaker.
  • Alexis Elliott, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and sixth debate speaker.

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

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