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WKU students win debate title at Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament

Fifteen members of the WKU Forensics Team traveled to Lexington to compete in the 50th Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament the weekend of March 18-20.

Members of the WKU Forensics Team competed in the 50th Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament on March 18-20.

Members of the WKU Forensics Team competed in the 50th Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament on March 18-20.

WKU had the top three finishers in Lincoln-Douglas debate with Mark Allseits and Damon Brown named co-national champions. WKU’s Carolyn Evans won national titles in extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking.

WKU placed fifth in individual event team sweepstakes and sixth in combined debate and individual events team sweepstakes, after competing in 11 of the possible 20 events available. Additionally, all students advanced to an elimination round. Hosted bi-annually, the PKDNCT is the oldest forensic honorary in the nation.

In two weeks, the team will travel to Gainesville, Florida, to defend the national championship at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament. Two weeks after that, they will close the season in Muncie, Indiana, at the National Forensic Association’s national tournament, the final collegiate speech tournament of the year.

Individual results for the 50th Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament are as follows:

  • Carolyn Evans, a senior from Urbandale, Iowa, national champion in extemporaneous speaking and national champion in impromptu speaking.
  • Mark Allseits, a junior from Englewood, Florida, national co-champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate, second debate speaker and quarterfinalist in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Damon Brown, a junior from Kansas City, Missouri, national co-champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate, third debate speaker and quarterfinalist in impromptu speaking.
  • Nigel Taylor, a freshman from Evanston, Illinois, top debate speaker and quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Lane Hedrick, a freshman from Morehead, second in extemporaneous speaking, sixth in persuasive speaking and quarterfinalist in impromptu speaking.
  • Brian Anderson, a freshman from Hodgenville, third in Lincoln-Douglas debate, fifth in impromptu speaking and fifth debate speaker.
  • James Baugh, a junior from Manteca, California, fourth in communication analysis, seventh debate speaker, semifinalist in after-dinner speaking, quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate, quarterfinalist in extemporaneous speaking and quarterfinalist in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Bailey Rung, a sophomore from Blaine, Minnesota, fourth debate speaker, semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking and quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Jon Sahlman, a junior from Modesto, California, fourth in impromptu speaking and quarterfinalist in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Casey Child, a freshman from Taylor Mill, quarterfinalist in informative speaking, quarterfinalist in dramatic interpretation, quarterfinalist in prose interpretation and quarterfinalist in duo interpretation (with Tyler McDaniel).
  • Kaitlyn Barriere, a sophomore from Cooper City, Florida, quarterfinalist in after-dinner speaking, quarterfinalist in informative speaking and quarterfinalist in poetry interpretation.
  • Tyler McDaniel, a freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana, quarterfinalist in communication analysis, quarterfinalist in poetry interpretation and quarterfinalist in duo interpretation (with Casey Child).
  • Michael Rizzo, a sophomore from Weston, Florida, quarterfinalist in persuasive speaking.
  • Alejandro Ramirez, a sophomore from Fullerton, California, quarterfinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Kayla English, a freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana, quarterfinalist 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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