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WKU Forensics Team wins 2016 KFA State Tournament

The WKU Forensics Team won the 2016 Kentucky Forensic Association State Tournament on Saturday (Feb. 20).

This year’s tournament was hosted on WKU’s campus and featured teams from all across the Commonwealth participating in speech and debate events.

WKU was triple-crowned the team individual events sweepstakes state champion, the team debate sweepstakes state champion and the overall team sweepstakes state champion.

WKU Forensics Team was triple-crowned the team individual events sweepstakes state champion, the team debate sweepstakes state champion and the overall team sweepstakes state champion at the 2016 KFA State Tournament.

WKU was triple-crowned the team individual events sweepstakes state champion, the team debate sweepstakes state champion and the overall team sweepstakes state champion. The team also collected 12 individual state championships, including senior Ashton Garber’s state championship in quadrathon, a measure of personal success across at least four events. WKU collected five of the top six quadrathon awards this year.

WKU Director of Forensics Ganer Newman was pleased with the team’s results. “I am incredibly proud of the hard work that our students put in to not only acting as hosts for the state tournament, but in winning it too,” Newman said. “I am also proud of all of the university faculty and staff who volunteered to help make this tournament a success. This victory reinforces the enduring strength of our program and our university.”

Newman said the students have worked hard all season long to prepare to compete against the best of the best in the state. “The students and coaches recognized the importance of this opportunity. We cannot thank our campus community enough for their support,” he said.

Despite the state title, the season is far from over. “Galvanized by this win, the team is eager to compete at the two collegiate national tournaments in a little over a month from now. We’ve a lot of work yet to do,” Newman said.

At the American Forensic Association District-Six National Qualifying Tournament, hosted on the campus of the University of Alabama, WKU earned first place in team sweepstakes, qualifying 19 new events for the national tournaments in April. WKU topped a number of large schools to win top honors at the tournaments this weekend, including the University of Alabama, the University of Florida, Louisiana State University, Belmont University, the University of Central Florida and William Carey University.

Next weekend, the team will travel to Bowling Green, Ohio.

Individual results for the 43rd Annual Kentucky Forensic Association State Tournament are as follows:

  • Ashton Garber, a senior from Osprey, Florida, state champion in quadrathon, state champion in informative speaking, state champion in programmed oral interpretation, second in dramatic interpretation, second in duo interpretation (with Matt Wisenden), semifinalist in IPDA parliamentary debate, fifth in prose interpretation and fifth IPDA debate speaker.
  • Matt Wisenden, a freshman from Moorhead, Minnesota, state champion in prose interpretation, state champion in duo interpretation (with Elijah Thomas), second in duo interpretation (with Ashton Garber) and fifth in dramatic interpretation.
  • James Baugh, a junior from Manteca, California, state champion in after-dinner speaking, state champion in communication analysis, second in extemporaneous speaking, semifinalist in IPDA parliamentary debate and fourth IPDA debate speaker.
  • Elijah Thomas, a sophomore from Elizabethtown, state champion in poetry interpretation, state champion in duo interpretation (with Matt Wisenden), third in duo interpretation (with Camille Acosta) and fourth in prose interpretation.
  • Brian Anderson, a freshman from Hodgenville, state champion in extemporaneous speaking, state champion in editorial impromptu and sixth NPDA debate speaker.
  • Camille Acosta, a junior from El Paso, Texas, state champion in dramatic interpretation, second in quadrathon, second in prose interpretation, second in programmed oral interpretation, second in poetry interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Elijah Thomas).
  • Paige Settles, a senior from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, state champion in impromptu speaking, second in persuasive speaking, third in informative speaking, fourth in quadrathon, semifinalist in NPDA parliamentary debate (with John Sahlman), fifth in after-dinner speaking and fifth in communication analysis.
  • Murphy Burke, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, second in editorial impromptu, second in impromptu speaking, third IPDA debate speaker, third in prose interpretation, third in after-dinner speaking and fourth in communication analysis.
  • Michael Rizzo, a sophomore from Weston, Florida, second in after-dinner speaking, second in communication analysis, third in quadrathon, fourth in persuasive speaking and sixth in informative speaking.
  • Lauren Sledge, a junior from Bowling Green, second in informative speaking, third in persuasive speaking and third in communication analysis.
  • Kaitlyn Barriere, a sophomore from Cooper City, Florida, third in poetry interpretation, fourth in dramatic interpretation, fifth in informative speaking, sixth in quadrathon and sixth in after-dinner speaking.
  • Jon Sahlman, a junior from Modesto, California, third in editorial impromptu, semifinalist in NPDA parliamentary debate (with Paige Settles), fourth in extemporaneous speaking and fifth NPDA debate speaker.
  • Carolyn Evans, a senior from Urbandale, Iowa, third in impromptu speaking and quarterfinalist in NPDA parliamentary debate (with Mark Allseits).
  • Bailey Rung, a sophomore from Blaine, Minnesota, fourth in impromptu speaking, fifth in extemporaneous speaking and quarterfinalist in NPDA parliamentary debate (with Damon Brown).
  • Damon Brown, a junior from Kansas City, Missouri, second NPDA debate speaker, fifth in impromptu speaking, quarterfinalist in NPDA parliamentary debate (with Bailey Rung) and sixth in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Nigel Taylor, a freshman from Evanston, Illinois, second in IPDA parliamentary debate, second IPDA debate speaker and fifth in poetry interpretation.
  • Mark Allseits, a junior from Englewood, Florida, sixth in persuasive speaking, quarterfinalist in NPDA parliamentary debate (with Carolyn Evans) and ninth NPDA debate speaker.

Results from the District-6 AFA Qualifier/Black Warrior Invitational are as follows:

  • Lily Nellans, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in persuasive speaking, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking, tournament champion in impromptu speaking and sixth in informative speaking at the District 6 AFA qualifier; second in impromptu speaking and third in informative speaking at the Black Warrior tournament.
  • Tiffany McLarty, a senior from Bronx, New York, tournament champion in informative speaking and tournament champion in after-dinner speaking at the District 6 AFA qualifier; tournament champion in informative speaking and tournament champion in after-dinner speaking at the Black Warrior tournament.
  • Durwan Green, a sophomore from Lewisville, Texas, tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, second in dramatic interpretation, second in duo interpretation (with Lyric Davis) and fourth in prose interpretation at the Black Warrior tournament; third in dramatic interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Lyric Davis) at the District 6 AFA qualifier.
  • Jasmine Jones, a senior from Elizabethtown, tournament champion in persuasive speaking, second in after-dinner speaking and third in poetry interpretation at the Black Warrior tournament; second in poetry interpretation at the District 6 AFA qualifier.
  • Lataya Williams, a senior from Falcon Heights, Minnesota, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and second in prose interpretation at the District 6 AFA qualifier; tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and second in prose interpretation at the Black Warrior tournament.
  • Mackenzie Birkey, a sophomore from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Allison Williams) and third in communication analysis at the Black Warrior tournament; fourth in duo interpretation (with Allison Williams) and fifth in communication analysis at the District 6 AFA qualifier.
  • Allison Williams, a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby) and fourth in duo interpretation (with Mackenzie Birkey) at the District 6 AFA qualifier; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Mackenzie Birkey) at the Black Warrior tournament.
  • Curtis Milby, a sophomore from Hodgenville, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Allison Williams) and fifth in duo interpretation (with Sam Moore) at the District 6 AFA qualifier.
  • Lyric Davis, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri, second in persuasive speaking and third in duo interpretation (with Durwan Green) at the District 6 AFA qualifier; second in duo interpretation (with Durwan Green) and third in persuasive speaking at the Black Warrior tournament.
  • Haddy Badjie, a senior from Lewisville, Texas, second in duo interpretation (with Andrea Ambam) at the District 6 AFA qualifier; third in duo interpretation (with Andrea Ambam) at the Black Warrior tournament.
  • Andrea Ambam, a freshman from Peculiar, Missouri, second in duo interpretation (with Haddy Badjie) at the District 6 AFA qualifier; third in duo interpretation (with Haddy Badjie) at the Black Warrior tournament.
  • Lane Hedrick, a freshman from Morehead, second in extemporaneous speaking at the District 6 AFA qualifier; fifth in impromptu speaking at the Black Warrior tournament.
  • Tyler McDaniel, a freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana, second in persuasive speaking and fifth in poetry interpretation at the Black Warrior tournament.
  • Megan Armstrong, a sophomore from Morehead, second in communication analysis at the District 6 AFA qualifier.
  • Brent O’Connor, a junior from Plantation, Florida, third in after-dinner speaking at the District 6 AFA qualifier; third in after-dinner speaking at the Black Warrior tournament.
  • Alejandro Ramirez, a sophomore from Fullerton, California, third in dramatic interpretation at the Black Warrior tournament; fourth in prose interpretation at the District 6 AFA qualifier.
  • Kayla English, a freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana, third in impromptu speaking and fourth in communication analysis at the Black Warrior tournament.
  • Blake Knapp, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri, third in prose interpretation at the District 6 AFA qualifier; fifth in prose interpretation and seventh in after-dinner speaking at the Black Warrior tournament.
  • Sam Moore, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri, fifth in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby) and sixth in poetry interpretation at the District 6 AFA qualifier; second in poetry interpretation at the Black Warrior tournament.
  • Casey Child, a freshman from Taylor Mill, fifth in informative speaking at the District 6 AFA qualifier.

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

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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