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WKU Forensics Team ready for 2016-17 speech & debate season

The 40 members of the WKU Forensics Team are preparing for the 2016-17 season.

The WKU Forensics Team will begin its 2016-17 season on Sept. 16.

The WKU Forensics Team will begin its 2016-17 season on Sept. 16.

The nationally recognized speech and debate team welcomes 12 new members this fall and includes students from across the United States and from numerous academic programs at WKU.

The team will begin its season on Sept. 16 when it hosts the annual WKU/Alumni Fall Swing Tournament and the Alexis Elliott Memorial Lincoln-Douglas Round Robin debate tournament.

“After watching how this new team came together during preseason boot camp, I cannot wait to see what they will accomplish this season,” Director of Forensics Ganer Newman said.

In 2015-16, WKU won the National Forensic Association (NFA) National Tournament championship and the National Forensic Association Lincoln-Douglas Debate Team Sweepstakes National championship, won its 24th consecutive Kentucky Forensic Association championship and finished second in the American Forensic Association (AFA) National Individual Events Tournament.

The team will travel in some capacity almost every weekend from mid-September to the end of the competitive season in April. AFA Nationals will be hosted by Bradley University March 31-April 3 and NFA Nationals will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire April 13-17.

“Our students and coaches are incredibly excited to carry on WKU’s tradition of excellence in collegiate speech and debate,” Newman said. “We especially want to ensure that Dr. Ransdell’s final year as president of WKU is a championship season.”

The 2016-17 WKU Forensics Team includes:

  • Camille Acosta, a senior from El Paso, Texas, studying Musical Theatre.
  • Mark Allseits, a senior from Englewood, Florida, studying Political Science.
  • Andrea Ambam, a sophomore from Peculiar, Missouri, studying Psychology and Criminology.
  • Brian Anderson, a sophomore from Hodgenville, studying Economics, Asian Religions and Cultures, and International Affairs.
  • Megan Armstrong, a junior from Morehead, studying Public Relations and Political Science.
  • Kaitlyn Barriere, a junior from Cooper City, Florida, Clinical Psychological Sciences and Gender and Women’s Studies.
  • James Baugh, a senior from Manteca, California, studying Communication Studies and Psychology.
  • Mackenzie Birkey, a junior from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, studying Elementary Education.
  • Damon Brown, a senior from Kansas City, Missouri, studying Economics and Organization Communication.
  • Murphy Burke, a junior from Des Moines, Iowa, studying Public Relations, and Citizenship and Social Justice.
  • Claire Champagne, a freshman from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, studying Finance.
  • Casey Child, a sophomore from Taylor Mill, studying Entrepreneurship and Creative Writing.
  • Lyric Davis, a junior from Blue Springs, Missouri, studying Business Administration and Psychological Science.
  • Sean Diaz, a junior from El Paso, Texas, studying Performing Arts.
  • Kayla English, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana, studying English.
  • Emily Falica, a freshman from Scottsville, studying International Affairs.
  • Durwan Green, a junior from Lewisville, Texas, studying International Business and Spanish.
  • Natalie Hedberg, a sophomore from Chaska, Minnesota, studying Corporate and Organizational Communication, and Advertising.
  • Lane Hedrick, a sophomore from Morehead, studying International Affairs, Arabic, and Clinical and Communication Behavior Health.
  • Tyara Hooks, a freshman from Fulton, Georgia, studying Strategic Marketing.
  • Blake Knapp, a junior from Blue Springs, Missouri, studying Strategic Marketing and Management.
  • Eli Lamb, a freshman from Leesburg, Georgia, currently undeclared.
  • Faith Lopiccolo, a freshman from Lexington, studying Criminology.
  • Tyler McDaniel, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana, studying Pre-Law Advisement and Criminology.
  • Curtis Milby, a junior from Hodgenville, studying Broadcasting Operation and Management, and Theatre.
  • Sam Moore, a junior from Blue Springs, Missouri, studying Advertising and Branding, and Sales.
  • Lily Nellans, a junior from Des Moines, Iowa, studying International Affairs, and Citizenship and Social Justice.
  • Brent O’Connor, a senior from Plantation, Florida, studying Architectural Science.
  • Alex Rivera, a freshman from Newton, Kansas, studying Economics.
  • Michael Rizzo, a junior from Weston, Florida, studying Advertising and Branding, and Gender and Women’s Studies.
  • Bailey Rung, a junior from Blaine, Minnesota, studying Communication Studies.
  • Jon Sahlman, a senior from Modesto, California, studying Communication Studies and Sociology.
  • Lauren Sledge, a senior from Bowling Green, studying Communication Studies, Religious Studies, and Professional Writing.
  • Kelly Stone, a sophomore from Louisburg, Kansas, studying Political Science and Economics.
  • Anthony Survance, a freshman from Louisville, studying Political Science.
  • Elijah Thomas, a junior from Elizabethtown, studying Public Relations and Sales.
  • Bradley Wascher, a freshman from Montgomery, Alabama, studying Political Science.
  • Asha Wasuge, a junior from Irvine, California, studying Communication Studies and Broadcasting.
  • Alyssa Wilhelm, a freshman from Roseville, Minnesota, studying Applied Psychological Science.
  • Matt Wisenden, a sophomore from Moorhead, Minnesota, studying Public Relations and Spanish.

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

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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