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WKU forensics team competes in tournaments in Illinois & Ohio

The WKU forensics team traveled to Peoria and Normal, Illinois, and Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete in four tournaments the weekend of Feb. 27-28.

In Illinois the team placed first in team sweepstakes, ahead of 10 other schools, including Bradley University, Illinois State University and Ball State University.

This finishes the open invitation tournaments for the school year and begins the run of state and national tournaments. Next week the team will travel to Athens, Ohio, to compete at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament. The team will then rest for spring break and then prepare for the Kentucky Forensic Association State Tournament in its bid to win its 25th consecutive state championship.

Results from the Illinois State University/Bradley University “Mid-American Forensic League” swing tournaments are as follows:

  • Paige Settles, a junior from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and fifth in informative speaking at the ISU tournament; tournament champion in informative speaking at the Bradley tournament.
  • Mark Allseits, a sophomore from Englewood, Florida, tournament champion in impromptu speaking at the ISU tournament; second in impromptu speaking at the Bradley tournament.
  • Jamaque Newberry, a senior from Tamarac, Florida, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation at the ISU tournament.
  • Lataya Williams, a junior from Falcon Heights, Minnesota, tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation at the ISU tournament.
  • Emma Collins, a senior from Chicago, Illinois, tournament champion in informative speaking at the ISU tournament.
  • Elle Pratt, a senior from Fullerton, California, tournament champion in poetry interpretation at the ISU tournament; third in prose interpretation at the Bradley tournament.
  • Austin Groves, a senior from Blue Springs, Missouri, second in prose interpretation and third in informative speaking at the ISU tournament.
  • Ray Roberts, a senior from Houston, Texas, second in programmed oral interpretation and fifth in prose interpretation at the ISU tournament; tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Haddy Badjie), second in prose interpretation and second in dramatic interpretation at the Bradley tournament.
  • Carolyn Evans, a sophomore from Urbandale, Iowa, third in communication analysis at the ISU tournament; second in communication analysis and third in after-dinner speaking at the Bradley tournament.
  • Damon Brown, a junior from Kansas City, Missouri, third in extemporaneous speaking at the ISU tournament; sixth in extemporaneous speaking at the Bradley tournament.
  • Haddy Badjie, a junior from Lewisville, Texas, third in persuasive speaking at the ISU tournament; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Ray Roberts) at the Bradley tournament.
  • Janniqua Dawkins, a senior from Hollywood, Florida, fourth in persuasive speaking at the ISU tournament; fourth in persuasive speaking at the Bradley tournament.
  • Ashton Garber, a junior from Osprey, Florida, third in dramatic interpretation and fourth in prose interpretation at the Bradley tournament.
  • Brittany Broder, a junior from St. Charles, Missouri, fourth in communication analysis at the Bradley tournament.
  • Jasmine Jones, a junior from Elizabethtown, sixth in prose interpretation at the ISU tournament.

Results from the BGSU Speech, Debate, & Rock-n-Roll and One For the “Roadie” Swing tournaments are as follows:

  • John Reynolds, a senior from Harlingen, Texas, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Brent O’Connor) at the BGSU tournament; second in informative speaking, second in dramatic interpretation and second in duo interpretation (with Brent O’Connor) at the Alumni tournament.
  • Buddy Wren, a sophomore from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, tournament champion in persuasive speaking, fourth in communication analysis and fifth in informative speaking at the Alumni tournament.
  • Sebastian Orozco, a senior from El Paso, Texas, second in duo interpretation (with Kristina Medero), third in poetry interpretation and fourth in persuasive speaking at the BGSU tournament; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Kristina Medero), third in poetry interpretation and fourth in persuasive speaking at the Alumni tournament.
  • Kristina Medero, a senior from Davie, Florida, second in duo interpretation (with Sebastian Orozco) at the BGSU tournament; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Sebastian Orozco) and sixth in impromptu speaking at the Alumni tournament.
  • Curtis Milby, a freshman from Hodgenville, third in duo interpretation (with Sam Moore) and fourth in prose interpretation at the BGSU tournament; second in prose interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Sam Moore) at the Alumni tournament.
  • Meg Cox, a junior from The Woodlands, Texas, third in informative speaking, sixth in dramatic interpretation and sixth in persuasive speaking at the BGSU tournament.
  • Kaitlyn Barriere, a freshman from Cooper City, Florida, third in dramatic interpretation at the BGSU tournament; tournament champion in dramatic interpretation at the Alumni tournament.
  • Sam Moore, a freshman from Blue Springs, Missouri, third in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby) at the BGSU tournament; third in dramatic interpretation, fourth in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby) and sixth in poetry interpretation at the Alumni tournament.
  • Brent O’Connor, a sophomore from Plantation, Florida, fourth in duo interpretation (with John Reynolds) at the BGSU tournament; second in duo interpretation (with John Reynolds) at the Alumni tournament.
  • Dalton Puckett, a freshman from Buffalo, fifth in prose interpretation at the BGSU tournament.

More: Check out the WKU Forensics Facebook page.

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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