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WKU Forensics Team earns awards at Pi Kappa Delta national tourney

Eight members of the WKU Forensics Team traveled to Athens, Ohio, to compete in the 49th Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament and Convention the weekend of March 6-7.

WKU received excellence awards in both debate sweepstakes and overall sweepstakes, against more than 58 other schools. The oldest forensic honorary in the nation, hosted bi-annually, the PKDNTC does not host final rounds for placings. Instead, students receive awards for reaching the top 30 percent—excellent; the top 10 percent—superior; and the top rank—national champion.

In two weeks the team will travel to Portland, Oregon, in an attempt to regain the national championship at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament. Two weeks after that, WKU will close out the season in Athens, Ohio, at the National Forensic Association’s national tournament, the final and largest collegiate speech tournament of the year.

Individual results for the 49th Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament and Convention are as follows:

  • Nefertiti Dukes, a senior from Miami Gardens, Florida, national champion in extemporaneous speaking, superior in Lincoln-Douglas debate and superior in impromptu speaking.
  • Carolyn Evans, a sophomore from Urbandale, Iowa, superior in after-dinner speaking, superior in communication analysis, superior in extemporaneous speaking, excellent in impromptu speaking and excellent in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Emma Collins, a senior from Chicago, Illinois, superior in impromptu speaking, superior in extemporaneous speaking, excellent in after-dinner speaking and excellent in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • John Corum, a senior from Auburn, superior in impromptu speaking, superior in extemporaneous speaking and excellent in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Mark Allseits, a sophomore from Englewood, Florida, superior in impromptu speaking and superior in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Bailey Rung, a freshman from Blaine, Minnesota, superior in Lincoln-Douglas debate, excellent in impromptu speaking and excellent in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Tyler Prochazka, a senior from Newton, Kansas, superior in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Damon Brown, a junior from Kansas City, Missouri, superior in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

More: Check out the WKU Forensics Facebook page.

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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