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WKU Forensics Team wins at largest event of fall semester

The WKU Forensics Team was crowned team sweepstakes champion, ahead of 40 other schools, this weekend at the largest tournament of the fall semester.

The 68th Annual L.E. Norton Memorial Tournament, hosted Nov. 7-8 by Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, is one of the oldest collegiate forensics tournaments and has historically served as a predictor of success at April’s national tournament.

Out of 20 possible individual championships available, WKU students won seven and took an additional 10 second-place finishes. Other competing schools included Northwestern University, George Mason University, University of Alabama, Illinois State University and the University of Texas at Austin. In total, 19 states were represented in competition.

Senior Paige Settles placed second in pentathalon, a measure of success across at least five events. Fellow senior Ashton Garber placed fourth.

WKU Director of Forensics Ganer Newman praised the quality of the competition at the event. “The competition was fierce at this tournament, but our students and coaches worked extremely hard over the past several months to put our team in the best possible position to succeed,” he said.

Newman also congratulated the team’s senior members for their extraordinary performance at the tournament. “Success at this level requires leadership,” he said. “This year, our senior class has set a fantastic example for our underclass members, and the results are a tribute to their disciplined leadership.”

The team will travel again next weekend to compete in two locations: Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee; and Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Results from the 68th Annual “L.E. Norton” Bradley Invitational are as follows:

  • Paige Settles, a senior from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, second in pentathalon, second in extemporaneous speaking, second in persuasive speaking, second in impromptu speaking and third in communication analysis.
  • Ashton Garber, a senior from Osprey, Florida, second in informative speaking, third in programmed oral interpretation, third in duo interpretation (with Matt Wisenden), fourth in pentathalon, semifinalist in communication analysis and semifinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Andrea Ambam, a freshman from Peculiar, Missouri, tournament champion in novice after-dinner speaking, tournament champion in novice persuasive speaking, second in novice poetry interpretation and sixth in varsity programmed oral interpretation.
  • Lataya Williams, a senior from Falcon Heights, Minnesota, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Tiffany McLarty), third in poetry interpretation, fifth in informative speaking and semifinalist in programmed oral interpretation
  • Tiffany McLarty, a senior from Bronx, New York, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Lataya Williams), fifth in poetry interpretation, semifinalist in dramatic interpretation and semifinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Casey Child, a freshman from Taylor Mill, tournament champion in novice dramatic interpretation, third in novice prose interpretation and third in novice duo interpretation (with Tyler McDaniel).
  • Tyler McDaniel, a freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana, tournament champion in novice communication analysis and third in novice duo interpretation (with Casey Child).
  • Lauren Sledge, a junior from Bowling Green, tournament champion in communication analysis, semifinalist in after-dinner speaking and semifinalist in informative speaking.
  • Jasmine Jones, a senior from Elizabethtown, tournament champion in informative speaking.
  • Brent O’Connor, a junior from Plantation, Florida, second in programmed oral interpretation and semifinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Haddy Badjie, a senior from Lewisville, Texas, second in poetry interpretation and semifinalist in informative speaking.
  • Natalie Hedberg, a freshman from Chaska, Minnesota, second in novice informative speaking and fifth in novice dramatic interpretation.
  • Brian Anderson, a freshman from Hodgenville, second in novice extemporaneous speaking.
  • Matt Wisenden, a freshman from Moorhead, Minnesota, third in duo interpretation (with Ashton Garber), fourth in novice dramatic interpretation and sixth in duo interpretation (with Elijah Thomas).
  • Carolyn Evans, a senior from Urbandale, Iowa, third in extemporaneous speaking and semifinalist in impromptu speaking.
  • Kayla English, a freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana, third in novice persuasive speaking and fourth in novice after-dinner speaking.
  • Lyric Davis, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri, fourth in after-dinner speaking, semifinalist in poetry interpretation and semifinalist in dramatic interpretation.
  • Lane Hedrick, a freshman from Morehead, fourth in novice extemporaneous speaking and sixth in novice persuasive speaking.
  • Mackenzie Birkey, a sophomore from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, sixth in after-dinner speaking and quarterfinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Karl Brillant, a freshman from Sunrise, Florida, sixth in novice extemporaneous speaking.
  • Cameron Littleton, a freshman from Houston, Texas, sixth in novice impromptu speaking.
  • Bailey Rung, a sophomore from Blaine, Minnesota, sixth in impromptu speaking.
  • Elijah Thomas, a sophomore from Elizabethtown, sixth in duo interpretation (with Matt Wisenden).
  • Curtis Milby, a sophomore from Hodgenville, semifinalist in poetry interpretation and semifinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Allison Williams, a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee, semifinalist in poetry interpretation and semifinalist in dramatic interpretation.
  • Murphy Burke, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, semifinalist in impromptu speaking and quarterfinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Durwan Green, a sophomore from Lewisville, Texas, semifinalist in poetry interpretation.
  • Damon Brown, a junior from Kansas City, Missouri, semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Camille Acosta, a junior from El Paso, Texas, quarterfinalist in prose interpretation.

More: Check out the WKU Forensics Facebook page or follow @wkuforensics on Twitter.

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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