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WKU forensics team sweeps tournaments in Illinois

WKU’s forensics team traveled to Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, and Murray to take part in four tournaments the weekend of Feb. 6-7, winning 24 individual event championships along the way.

WKU swept both of the Illinois tournaments, defeating 14 other schools, which included Bradley University, Ball State University and Illinois State University. WKU sophomore Durwan Green placed first in individual sweepstakes at both tournaments in Illinois, a measure of an individual’s success across multiple events.

Next weekend the team will stay home to work with several WKU alumni in order to prepare for the national tournaments in April. In two weeks, the team will host the 43rd Annual Kentucky Forensic Association State Tournament, while a contingent of students will also travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to compete in the district qualifier for the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament.

Results from the Second Annual Urbana-Champaign/Springfield “Illini Stars Swing” tournament are as follows:

Members of the WKU forensics team swept the Second Annual Urbana-Champaign/Springfield “Illini Stars Swing” tournament.

Members of the WKU forensics team swept the Second Annual Urbana-Champaign/Springfield “Illini Stars Swing” tournament.

  • Durwan Green, a sophomore from Lewisville, Texas, tournament champion in individual sweepstakes, tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, second in poetry interpretation, fourth in dramatic interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Lyric Davis) at the Urbana-Champaign tournament; tournament champion in poetry interpretation, tournament champion in individual sweepstakes, tournament champion in prose interpretation, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Lyric Davis), second in dramatic interpretation and second in programmed oral interpretation at the Springfield tournament.
  • Haddy Badjie, a senior from Lewisville, Texas, tournament champion in persuasive speaking, tournament champion in informative speaking and fifth in individual sweepstakes at the Urbana-Champaign tournament; tournament champion in persuasive speaking at the Springfield tournament.
  • Mark Allseits, a junior from Englewood, Florida, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking at the Springfield tournament; second in extemporaneous speaking at the Urbana-Champaign tournament.
  • Brian Anderson, a freshman from Hodgenville, tournament champion in impromptu speaking at the Springfield tournament; second in impromptu speaking at the Urbana-Champaign tournament.
  • James Baugh, a junior from Manteca, California, tournament champion in communication analysis and third in extemporaneous speaking at the Springfield tournament.
  • Lyric Davis, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Durwan Green) and fourth in persuasive speaking at the Springfield tournament; fourth in duo interpretation (with Durwan Green) at the Urbana-Champaign tournament.
  • Andrea Ambam, a freshman from Peculiar, Missouri, tournament champion in poetry interpretation at the Urbana-Champaign tournament.
  • Michael Rizzo, a sophomore from Weston, Florida, second in communication analysis and sixth in persuasive speaking at the Springfield tournament; second in informative speaking at the Urbana-Champaign tournament.
  • Elijah Thomas, a sophomore from Elizabethtown, second in communication analysis at the Urbana-Champaign tournament.
  • Kayla English, a freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana, third in after-dinner speaking and fourth in impromptu speaking at the Urbana-Champaign tournament; fifth in persuasive speaking at the Springfield tournament.
  • Jasmine Jones, a senior from Elizabethtown, fourth in after-dinner speaking and fifth in persuasive speaking at the Urbana-Champaign tournament.
  • Alejandro Ramirez, a sophomore from Fullerton, California, fourth in dramatic interpretation at the Springfield tournament; fifth in dramatic interpretation at the Urbana-Champaign tournament.
  • Tiffany McLarty, a senior from Bronx, New York, fourth in informative speaking at the Springfield tournament.

Results from the Murray State “Jackson Purchase” Swing are as follows:

Members of the WKU forensics team competed at the Murray State "Jackson Purchase" Swing tournament.

Members of the WKU forensics team competed at the Murray State “Jackson Purchase” Swing tournament.

  • Casey Child, a freshman from Taylor Mill, tournament champion in prose interpretation, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Tyler McDaniel) at the Murray tournament; second in prose interpretation at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Murphy Burke, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in prose interpretation, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and fourth in communication analysis at the Murray Alumni tournament; sixth in prose interpretation at the Murray tournament.
  • Curtis Milby, a sophomore from Hodgenville, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Allison Williams) and second in poetry interpretation at the Murray tournament; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Allison Williams) at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Allison Williams, a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby) and second in duo interpretation (with Mackenzie Birkey) at the Murray tournament; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby) and second in duo interpretation (with Mackenzie Birkey) at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Megan Armstrong, a sophomore from Morehead, tournament champion in communication analysis and second in impromptu speaking at the Murray Alumni tournament; fourth in communication analysis, fifth in persuasive speaking and fifth in impromptu speaking at the Murray tournament.
  • Tyler McDaniel, a freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana, tournament champion in poetry interpretation, third in communication analysis and fourth in duo interpretation (with Casey Child) at the Murray tournament; tournament champion in poetry interpretation at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Jon Sahlman, a junior from Modesto, California, tournament champion in impromptu speaking and third in extemporaneous speaking at the Murray tournament.
  • Lily Nellans, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking, fourth in persuasive speaking, sixth in informative speaking and seventh in pentathalon at the Murray Alumni tournament; third in persuasive speaking at the Murray tournament.
  • Ashton Garber, a senior from Osprey, Florida, tournament champion in communication analysis at the Murray tournament.
  • Lauren Sledge, a junior from Bowling Green, tournament champion in persuasive speaking at the Murray tournament.
  • Mackenzie Birkey, a sophomore from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, second in duo interpretation (with Allison Williams) at the Murray tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Allison Williams) at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Matt Wisenden, a freshman from Moorhead, Minnesota, third in prose interpretation at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Lane Hedrick, a freshman from Morehead, fourth in extemporaneous speaking at the Murray Alumni tournament; sixth in extemporaneous speaking at the Murray tournament.
  • Blake Knapp, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri, fifth in prose interpretation at the Murray tournament.
  • Lataya Williams, a senior from Falcon Heights, Minnesota, sixth in dramatic interpretation at the Murray tournament; sixth in dramatic interpretation at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Paige Settles, a senior from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, seventh in after-dinner speaking at the Murray Alumni tournament.

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

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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