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WKU Forensics Team qualifies more students for national tournaments

The WKU Forensics Team traveled to Normal, Illinois, and Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete in three tournaments the weekend of Feb. 27-28.

Members of the WKU Forensics Team competed at Bowling Green State University on Feb. 27-28.

Members of the WKU Forensics Team competed at Bowling Green State University on Feb. 27-28.

In Ohio, the team qualified several more students for the national tournaments in April. WKU’s team of six placed second at both tournaments, ahead of several other schools, including Eastern Michigan University, Northwestern University and Ball State University. Additionally, all team members advanced to an elimination round in at least one event.

In Illinois, WKU’s debate team co-hosted the tournament with Illinois State University, prohibiting them from eligibility for team sweepstakes awards.

This finishes the open invitation tournaments for the school year and begins the run of national tournaments. After spring break, the team will travel to Lexington to compete at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament, before preparing for the final two national tournaments in April.

Results from the Illinois State University/WKU speech and debate swing tournaments are as follows:

  • Jon Sahlman, a junior from Modesto, California, tournament champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Damon Brown, a junior from Kansas City, Missouri, top debate speaker and quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Mark Allseits, a junior from Englewood, Florida, semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and third debate speaker.
  • Carolyn Evans, a senior from Urbandale, Iowa, fourth debate speaker and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Bailey Rung, a sophomore from Blaine, Minnesota, quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fifth debate speaker.
  • Nigel Taylor, a freshman from Evanston, Illinois, quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Brian Anderson, a freshman from Hodgenville, quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Results from the BGSU “Game of Rounds” Swing tournaments are as follows:

  • Lily Nellans, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in informative speaking, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and tournament champion in impromptu speaking at the BGSU portion; tournament champion in informative speaking and tournament champion in impromptu speaking at the Alumni portion.
  • Sam Moore, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri, tournament champion in poetry interpretation and tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby) at the BGSU portion; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby) and second in poetry interpretation at the Alumni portion.
  • Alejandro Ramirez, a sophomore from Fullerton, California, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, second in persuasive speaking, third in prose interpretation and sixth in communication analysis at the Alumni portion; fifth in prose interpretation at the BGSU portion.
  • Curtis Milby, a sophomore from Hodgenville, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Sam Moore) at the BGSU portion; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Sam Moore) at the Alumni portion.
  • Kaitlyn Barriere, a sophomore from Cooper City, Florida, second in informative speaking and fourth in dramatic interpretation at the BGSU portion; sixth in informative speaking at the Alumni portion.
  • Blake Knapp, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Missouri, second in after-dinner speaking at the Alumni portion; third in after-dinner speaking and sixth in prose interpretation at the BGSU portion.

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

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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