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WKU Forensics Team wins at tournaments in Ohio, Missouri

WKU’s Forensics Team traveled to Athens, Ohio, and St. Louis, Missouri, to take part in two tournaments the weekend of Jan. 30-31.

The tournament in St. Louis was hosted by Webster University. There, WKU was crowned champion in both individual events team sweepstakes and overall team sweepstakes. Additionally, all students advanced to at least one elimination round, and all eight of WKU’s debate students advanced to elimination rounds in debate.

In Ohio, WKU’s team of 10 was crowned team sweepstakes champion, ahead of several schools, including Pennsylvania State University, Eastern Michigan University and Ohio University. Sophomore Murphy Burke placed third in individual sweepstakes, a measure of personal success across the entire tournament. Also, all students on the team advanced to at least one elimination round.

Next weekend the team will split to compete in three locations: Normal and Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and Murray, Kentucky.

Results from the Webster University “Gorlok Gala” are as follows:

WKU was crowned champion in both individual events team sweepstakes and overall team sweepstakes at the Webster University "Gorlok Gala."

WKU was crowned champion in both individual events team sweepstakes and overall team sweepstakes at the Webster University “Gorlok Gala.”

  • Carolyn Evans, a senior from Urbandale, Iowa, tournament champion in impromptu speaking, second debate speaker and quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Haddy Badjie, a senior from Lewisville, Texas, tournament champion in informative speaking and second in persuasive speaking.
  • Mark Allseits, a junior from Englewood, Florida, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking, fourth debate speaker and quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Allison Williams, a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee, tournament champion in poetry interpretation.
  • Lily Nellans, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, second in extemporaneous speaking, third in impromptu speaking and fifth in informative speaking.
  • Bailey Rung, a sophomore from Blaine, Minnesota, second in impromptu speaking, ninth debate speaker and quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Sam Moore, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri, second in informative speaking and fifth in poetry interpretation.
  • Curtis Milby, a sophomore from Hodgenville, second in poetry interpretation.
  • James Baugh, a junior from Manteca, California, third in extemporaneous speaking and double-octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Mackenzie Birkey, a sophomore from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, third in prose interpretation and sixth in informative speaking.
  • Andrea Ambam, a freshman from Peculiar, Missouri, fourth in poetry interpretation and fourth in persuasive speaking.
  • Camille Acosta, a junior from El Paso, Texas, fourth in duo interpretation (with Elijah Thomas) and fifth in prose interpretation.
  • Kaitlyn Barriere, a sophomore from Cooper City, Florida, fourth in informative speaking and sixth in dramatic interpretation.
  • Elijah Thomas, a sophomore from Elizabethtown, fourth in duo interpretation (with Camille Acosta), sixth in prose interpretation and sixth in communication analysis.
  • Damon Brown, a junior from Kansas City, Missouri, semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fifth debate speaker.
  • Brian Anderson, a freshman from Hodgenville, fourth in impromptu speaking and double-octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Jon Sahlman, a junior from Modesto, California, semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking, 11th debate speaker and double-octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Nigel Taylor, a freshman from Evanston, Illinois, octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Results from the Ohio University Speech Tournament are as follows:

  • WKU was crowned team sweepstakes champion at the Ohio University Speech Tournament.

    WKU was crowned team sweepstakes champion at the Ohio University Speech Tournament.

    Murphy Burke, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in persuasive speaking, tournament champion in editorial impromptu, second in after-dinner speaking, third in individual sweepstakes and fourth in communication analysis.

  • Matt Wisenden, a freshman from Moorhead, Minnesota, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Ashton Garber) and second in dramatic interpretation.
  • Ashton Garber, a senior from Osprey, Florida, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Matt Wisenden) and third in communication analysis.
  • Tiffany McLarty, a senior from Bronx, New York, tournament champion in prose interpretation.
  • Michael Rizzo, a sophomore from Weston, Florida, second in communication analysis and second in informative speaking.
  • Blake Knapp, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri, second in prose interpretation.
  • Lyric Davis, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri, third in persuasive speaking.
  • Natalie Hedberg, a freshman from Chaska, Minnesota, fourth in dramatic interpretation and sixth in after-dinner speaking.
  • Brent O’Connor, a junior from Plantation, Florida, fourth in after-dinner speaking.
  • Megan Armstrong, a sophomore from Morehead, sixth in persuasive speaking.

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

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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