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WKU forensics team wins at events in West Virginia & Nebraska

WKU forensics team members traveled to West Virginia and Nebraska the weekend of Oct. 25-26 to take part in two tournaments.

In Huntington, West Virginia, the WKU team won the combined team sweepstakes award for debate and individual events, and also received the Quality Award. This award ranks teams according to a team’s combined success, divided by its number of entries. Other schools competing included George Mason University, University of Kentucky, Eastern Michigan University and Ball State University.

In Omaha, Nebraska, WKU’s squad of four won the combined team sweepstakes championship, ahead of 14 other schools, including Illinois State University, Bradley University and Gustavus Adolphus College. All four students also advanced to at least one elimination round. Three students also ranked within the top three in individual sweepstakes between the two tournaments, a measure of personal success across multiple events at a tournament: junior Paige Settles placed first at the Omaha portion and third at the Doane portion, freshman Lilly Nellans placed second at the Doane portion, and junior Ashton Garber placed third at the Omaha portion.

Next weekend, the team will travel to Peoria, Illinois, for the largest invitational tournament of the semester, hosted by Bradley University.

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

  • Brent O’Connor, a sophomore from Plantation, Florida, tournament champion in informative speaking and tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Jamaque Newberry).
  • Haddy Badjie, a junior from Lewisville, Texas, tournament champion in poetry interpretation, third in communication analysis, fourth in individual sweepstakes, fifth in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in prose interpretation.
  • John Corum, a senior from Auburn, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking and second debate speaker.
  • Jamaque Newberry, a senior from Tamarac, Florida, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Brent O’Connor).
  • Mark Allseits, a sophomore from Englewood, Florida, second in Lincoln-Douglas debate, fourth debate speaker and fourth in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Bailey Rung, a freshman from Blaine, Minnesota, second in extemporaneous speaking, semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fifth debate speaker.
  • Lauren Sledge, a sophomore from Bowling Green, third in persuasive speaking and fourth in communication analysis.
  • Allison Williams, a freshman from Memphis, Tennessee, third in dramatic interpretation and fifth in poetry interpretation.
  • Durwan Green, a freshman from Lewisville, Texas, third in duo interpretation (with Haywood Hogan) and sixth in persuasive speaking.
  • Haywood Hogan, a junior from Los Angeles, California, third in duo interpretation (with Durwan Green).
  • Sebastian Orozco, a senior from El Paso, Texas, third in prose interpretation.
  • Murphy Burke, a freshman from Des Moines, Iowa, fourth in persuasive speaking.
  • Sam Moore, a freshman from Blue Springs, Missouri, fifth in dramatic interpretation and fifth in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby).
  • Curtis Milby, a freshman from Hodgenville, fifth in duo interpretation (with Sam Moore).

Results from the Doane College/University of Nebraska at Omaha “Halloween Swing” Tournament are as follows:

  • Lily Nellans, a freshman from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in persuasive speaking, top novice in communication analysis, second in individual sweepstakes, second in impromptu speaking and third in extemporaneous speaking at the Doane portion; fourth in impromptu speaking at the Omaha portion.
  • Paige Settles, a junior from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, tournament champion in impromptu speaking, second in extemporaneous speaking and third in individual sweepstakes at the Doane portion; tournament champion in communication analysis, tournament champion in individual sweepstakes, third in after-dinner speaking, third in extemporaneous speaking and third in impromptu speaking at the Omaha portion.
  • Ashton Garber, a junior from Osprey, Florida, tournament champion in informative speaking and fourth in communication analysis at the Doane portion; second in dramatic interpretation, second in programmed oral interpretation and third in individual sweepstakes at the Omaha portion.
  • Kristina Medero, a senior from Davie, Florida, third in impromptu speaking at the Doane portion; second in persuasive speaking and second in after-dinner speaking at the Omaha portion.

More: Check out the WKU Forensics Facebook page.

Contact: Ganer Newman at (270) 745-6340.

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