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WKU Forensics Team captures titles at Southern Mississippi

The WKU Forensics Team traveled to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to take part in two tournaments co-hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University the weekend of Sept. 24-25. The team captured the team sweepstakes championships of both tournaments, walking away with a total of 18 individual event championships, out of a possible 22.

WKU Forensics Team members won a total of 18 individual event championships and captured the team sweepstakes championships of two tournaments co-hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University on Sept. 24-25.

WKU Forensics Team members won a total of 18 individual event championships and captured the team sweepstakes championships of two tournaments co-hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University on Sept. 24-25.

Next weekend the team will split to travel in two directions. Some will travel to Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, while others will attend a debate tournament in Easton, Pennsylvania, on the campus of Lafayette College.

Results from the Southern Mississippi/William Carey โ€œHub City Swingโ€ tournaments are as follows:

  • Michael Rizzo, a junior from Weston, Florida, tournament champion in informative speaking and tournament champion in persuasive speaking at the USM tournament; tournament champion in informative speaking and second in persuasive speaking at the William Carey tournament.
  • Sean Diaz, a junior from El Paso, Texas, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation at the USM tournament; second in dramatic interpretation and third in programmed oral interpretation at the William Carey tournament.
  • Lyric Davis, a junior from Blue Springs, Missouri, tournament champion in poetry interpretation, tournament champion in persuasive speaking and fifth in dramatic interpretation at the William Carey tournament; tournament champion in poetry interpretation, third in dramatic interpretation and fifth in persuasive speaking at the USM tournament.
  • Lauren Groves, a senior from Bowling Green, tournament champion in communication analysis and second in after-dinner speaking at the USM tournament; tournament champion in communication analysis, fourth in after-dinner speaking and sixth in informative speaking at the William Carey tournament.
  • Mackenzie Birkey, a junior from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking, third in prose interpretation, third in dramatic interpretation and fifth in persuasive speaking at the William Carey tournament; tournament champion in after-dinner speaking, fourth in dramatic interpretation, sixth in prose interpretation and seventh in persuasive speaking at the USM tournament.
  • Andrea Ambam, a sophomore from Peculiar, Missouri, tournament champion in prose interpretation, second in informative speaking, fourth in poetry interpretation and fourth in persuasive speaking at the William Carey tournament; second in persuasive speaking, second in poetry interpretation, third in prose interpretation and fourth in informative speaking at the USM tournament.
  • Sam Moore, a junior from Blue Springs, Missouri, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and second in prose interpretation at the William Carey tournament; second in dramatic interpretation at the USM tournament.
  • Megan Armstrong, a junior from Morehead, tournament champion in impromptu speaking and second in informative speaking at the USM tournament; fourth in informative speaking at the William Carey tournament.
  • Lily Nellans, a junior from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in communication analysis at the USM tournament; second in communication analysis, third in persuasive speaking and fourth in impromptu speaking at the William Carey tournament.
  • Murphy Burke, a junior from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in impromptu speaking, third in after-dinner speaking and sixth in extemporaneous speaking at the William Carey tournament; fourth in after-dinner speaking, fourth in impromptu speaking and seventh in extemporaneous speaking at the USM tournament.
  • Bailey Rung, a junior from Blaine, Minnesota, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking and third in impromptu speaking at the William Carey tournament; third in extemporaneous speaking at the USM tournament.
  • Casey Child, a sophomore from Taylor Mill, second in communication analysis, third in informative speaking and fifth in poetry interpretation at the USM tournament; third in communication analysis, third in poetry interpretation and fifth in informative speaking at the William Carey tournament.
  • Bradley Wascher, a freshman from Montgomery, Alabama, second in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in impromptu speaking at the USM tournament; third in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in impromptu speaking at the William Carey tournament.
  • Faith LoPiccolo, a freshman from Lexington, second in after-dinner speaking and fifth in prose interpretation at the William Carey tournament; fifth in after-dinner speaking at the USM tournament.
  • Brian Anderson, a sophomore from Hodgenville, second in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in impromptu speaking at the William Carey tournament; fifth in extemporaneous speaking at the USM tournament.
  • Matt Wisenden, a sophomore from Moorhead, Minnesota, fourth in prose interpretation and fourth in dramatic interpretation at the William Carey tournament.
  • Lane Hedrick, a sophomore from Morehead, fourth in extemporaneous speaking at the USM tournament; fifth in extemporaneous speaking at the William Carey tournament.

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

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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