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WKU Forensics Team members win in Tennessee & Ohio

Members of the WKU Forensics Team traveled to Jefferson City, Tennessee, and Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete in four tournaments the weekend of Nov. 14-15.

At Bowling Green State University, the team won the overall team sweepstakes championship, beating out 11 schools, which included Eastern Michigan University and the Ohio State University. All WKU team members advanced to at least one elimination round and collected a total of nine individual championships.

At Carson-Newman University, the tournaments were co-hosted by Carson-Newman University and Belmont University. WKU’s team of 10 placed second in the overall team sweepstakes, ahead of 11 other schools, including the University of Alabama, University of Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State University. All WKU team members advanced to at least one elimination round.

The team will next travel in three weeks to Columbus, Ohio, to compete on the campus of Ohio State University. That same weekend, the remainder of the team will host its annual middle school tournament, dubbed the Junior Hilltopper Classic.

Individual results for the Bowling Green State University/BG Firelands College “Birds of a Feather” Swing are as follows:

  • Lyric Davis, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri, tournament champion in poetry interpretation, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and second in duo interpretation (with Blake Knapp) at the BGSU portion; third in after-dinner speaking at the Alumni portion.
  • Curtis Milby, a sophomore from Hodgenville, tournament champion in prose interpretation, second in dramatic interpretation and second in poetry interpretation at the Alumni portion; tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and fifth in poetry interpretation at the BGSU portion.
  • Brent O’Connor, a junior from Plantation, Florida, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Blake Knapp) and second in programmed oral interpretation at the BGSU portion; second in programmed oral interpretation at the Alumni portion.
  • Blake Knapp, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Brent O’Connor), second in poetry interpretation and second in duo interpretation (with Lyric Davis) at the BGSU portion; tournament champion in poetry interpretation at the Alumni portion.
  • Camille Acosta, a junior from El Paso, Texas, tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, third in prose interpretation, third in dramatic interpretation and third in poetry interpretation at the Alumni portion; tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, third in dramatic interpretation and third in poetry interpretation at the BGSU portion.
  • Kayla English, a freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and fourth in persuasive speaking at the Alumni portion; fourth in after-dinner speaking, fifth in impromptu speaking and fifth in persuasive speaking at the BGSU portion.
  • Mackenzie Birkey, a sophomore from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, second in prose interpretation at the BGSU portion; sixth in communication analysis at the Alumni portion.
  • James Baugh, a junior from Manteca, California, third in extemporaneous speaking, fourth in communication analysis and fifth in after-dinner speaking at the BGSU portion; third in extemporaneous speaking, fifth in communication analysis and sixth in after-dinner speaking at the Alumni portion.
  • Elijah Thomas, a sophomore from Elizabethtown, third in communication analysis and fourth in poetry interpretation at the BGSU portion; third in communication analysis at the Alumni portion.
  • Alejandro Ramirez, a sophomore from Fullerton, California, fourth in dramatic interpretation and fifth in prose interpretation at the Alumni portion; fifth in dramatic interpretation at the BGSU portion.

Individual results for the Belmont/Carson-Newman Tennessee Porch Swing are as follows:

  • Sam Moore, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and tournament champion in informative speaking at the Belmont portion; tournament champion in dramatic interpretation at the Carson-Newman portion.
  • Tiffany McLarty, a senior from Bronx, New York, tournament champion in poetry interpretation, second in duo interpretation (with Lataya Williams), third in dramatic interpretation and fifth in prose interpretation at the Carson-Newman portion; second in poetry interpretation, second in prose interpretation, second in duo interpretation (with Lataya Williams) and third in dramatic interpretation at the Belmont portion.
  • Andrea Ambam, a freshman from Peculiar, Missouri, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking, second in persuasive speaking and third in poetry interpretation at the Carson-Newman portion; second in after-dinner speaking and fourth in poetry interpretation at the Belmont portion.
  • Lataya Williams, a senior from Falcon Heights, Minnesota, tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation and second in duo interpretation (with Tiffany McLarty) at the Carson-Newman portion; second in duo interpretation (with Tiffany McLarty) at the Belmont portion.
  • Michael Rizzo, a sophomore from Weston, Florida, tournament champion in communication analysis at the Belmont portion; fifth in communication analysis and fifth in informative speaking at the Carson-Newman portion.
  • Ashton Garber, a senior from Osprey, Florida, second in communication analysis, second in programmed oral interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Matt Wisenden) at the Belmont portion; third in programmed oral interpretation, third in communication analysis and third in duo interpretation (with Matt Wisenden) at the Carson-Newman portion.
  • Matt Wisenden, a freshman from Moorhead, Minnesota, second in prose interpretation, second in dramatic interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Ashton Garber) at the Carson-Newman portion; fourth in dramatic interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Ashton Garber) at the Belmont portion.
  • Bailey Rung, a sophomore from Blaine, Minnesota, second in extemporaneous speaking and second in impromptu speaking at the Belmont portion.
  • Casey Child, a freshman from Taylor Mill, second in dramatic interpretation, fifth in duo interpretation (with Tyler McDaniel) and sixth in prose interpretation at the Belmont portion; sixth in prose interpretation and sixth in dramatic interpretation at the Carson-Newman portion.
  • Tyler McDaniel, a freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana, second in communication analysis at the Carson-Newman portion; fifth in duo interpretation (with Casey Child) at the Belmont portion.

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

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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