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Forensics Team ends semester with win at Ohio State

Fourteen WKU Forensics Team members traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to take part in a tournament hosted by Ohio State University the weekend of Dec. 4-5.

WKU won the team sweepstakes, defeating 19 schools, including Arizona State University, Eastern Michigan University, Ball State University and Tennessee State University. In all, the team took away six of the tournament’s 11 individual event championships.

While these students (roughly a quarter of the team) were competing, the rest of the WKU Forensics students and coaches hosted 205 fourth-grade through eighth-grade students from Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana for the Junior Hilltopper Classic, a one-day tournament on Saturday (Dec. 5).

The Ohio State University event was the last tournament of the semester for the team. They will resume competing on Jan. 22 at Middle Tennessee State University. This weekend, the team will host high school students from all over the country at the annual Senior Hilltopper Classic speech and debate tournament. Approximately 400 students will participate in the two-day competition Dec. 11-12 on WKU’s campus.

WKU Director of Forensics Ganer Newman said the wins in Ohio are a good way to finish the semester. “The victories at the tournaments hosted at Ohio State are a good exclamation point to a strong fall semester,” Newman said. “It’s a great confidence boost going into the winter break. All of our team members, from our senior class to our first year students, have been working extremely hard in 2015 and I love seeing that hard work pay off. Now we turn our attention to providing a great tournament experience to hundreds of high school students this coming weekend so they can end their semester on a high note as well.”

Results from the Ohio State University “Holiday Frolic” Speech and Debate Tournaments are as follows:

  • Camille Acosta, a junior from El Paso, Texas, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Kaitlyn Barriere), tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, second in programmed oral interpretation, fourth in prose interpretation and fifth in poetry interpretation.
  • Haddy Badjie, a senior from Lewisville, Texas, tournament champion in communication analysis and second in informative speaking.
  • Megan Armstrong, a sophomore from Morehead, tournament champion in informative speaking, third in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in impromptu speaking.
  • Kaitlyn Barriere, a sophomore from Cooper City, Florida, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Camille Acosta) and fifth in informative speaking.
  • Andrea Ambam, a freshman from Peculiar, Missouri, tournament champion in persuasive speaking.
  • Allison Williams, a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee, tournament champion in poetry interpretation.
  • Murphy Burke, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, second in after-dinner speaking and fifth in persuasive speaking.
  • Jon Sahlman, a junior from Modesto, California, third in impromptu speaking and fifth in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Durwan Green, a sophomore from Lewisville, Texas, third in poetry interpretation.
  • Natalie Hedberg, a freshman from Chaska, Minnesota, fourth in dramatic interpretation.
  • Michael Rizzo, a sophomore from Weston, Florida, fifth in communication analysis and sixth in informative speaking.
  • Alejandro Ramirez, a sophomore from Fullerton, California, fifth 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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