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WKU Forensics Team competes in Indiana, Alabama & Missouri

The WKU Forensics Team traveled to Muncie, Indiana; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Warrensburg, Missouri, to take part in six tournaments the weekend of Oct. 15-16.

Members of the WKU Forensics Team competed at the Crimson Classic in Alabama on Oct. 15-16. Other members of the team competed in weekend tournaments in Indiana and Missouri.

Members of the WKU Forensics Team competed at the Crimson Classic in Alabama on Oct. 15-16. Other members of the team competed in weekend tournaments in Indiana and Missouri.

The tournaments in Muncie were co-hosted by Ball State University and Illinois State University. The team placed first in team sweepstakes at both tournaments, and won the Bensen and Hedges Traveling Trophy. Junior Casey Child also placed first in individual sweepstakes at both tournaments, making him the most decorated competitor at each tournament.

In Alabama, WKU placed second in team sweepstakes out of 12 schools at the Crimson Classic tournament, and third at the Alabama Alumni tournament.

In Missouri, the team closed out the final round of debate, securing the top two placings.

Next weekend the team will compete at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

Results from the 47th annual Ball State “Age of Aquarius” Swing Tournament, with Illinois State are as follows:

  • Casey Child, a sophomore from Taylor Mill, tournament champion in individual sweepstakes, tournament champion in poetry interpretation, tournament champion in prose interpretation, second in communication analysis and third in informative speaking at the Illinois State tournament; tournament champion in individual sweepstakes, second in informative speaking, second in prose interpretation, fourth in poetry interpretation and fifth in communication analysis at the Ball State tournament.
  • Murphy Burke, a junior from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking and second in impromptu speaking at the Ball State tournament.
  • Lauren Groves, a senior from Bowling Green, tournament champion in persuasive speaking, tournament champion in informative speaking and third in after-dinner speaking at the Ball State tournament.
  • Tyler McDaniel, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana, tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation and fifth in poetry interpretation at the Illinois State tournament; tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation and third in poetry interpretation at the Ball State tournament.
  • Kayla English, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana, second in after-dinner speaking and second in communication analysis at the Ball State tournament; second in after-dinner speaking and fourth in communication analysis at the Illinois State tournament.
  • Natalie Hedberg, a sophomore from Chaska, Minnesota, second in informative speaking at the Illinois State tournament; third in informative speaking at the Ball State tournament.
  • Faith LoPiccolo, a freshman from Lexington, fourth in after-dinner speaking and fourth in duo interpretation (with Alyssa Wilhelm) at the Illinois State tournament; fifth in after-dinner speaking and fifth in duo interpretation (with Alyssa Wilhelm) at the Ball State tournament.
  • Alyssa Wilhelm, a freshman from Roseville, Minnesota, fourth in duo interpretation (with Faith LoPiccolo) at the Illinois State tournament; fifth in duo interpretation (with Faith LoPiccolo) at the Ball State tournament.
  • Kaitlyn Barriere, a junior from Cooper City, Florida, fifth in after-dinner speaking at the Illinois State tournament; fifth in poetry interpretation at the Ball State tournament.
  • Claire Champagne, a freshman from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, fifth in prose interpretation at the Illinois State tournament.

Results from the University of Alabama/Alabama Alumni “Crimson Classic” Swing are as follows:

  • Andrea Ambam, a sophomore from Peculiar, Missouri, tournament champion in poetry interpretation and second in after-dinner speaking at the Alabama Alumni tournament; third in after-dinner speaking at the Crimson Classic tournament.
  • Brent O’Connor, a senior from Plantation, Florida, tournament champion in communication analysis and second in poetry interpretation at the Crimson Classic tournament; third in poetry interpretation at the Alabama Alumni tournament.
  • Bradley Wascher, a freshman from Montgomery, Alabama, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking at the Crimson Classic tournament; third in extemporaneous speaking at the Alabama Alumni tournament.
  • Asha Wasuge, a junior from Irvine, California, tournament champion in poetry interpretation at the Crimson Classic tournament; fourth in after-dinner speaking at the Alabama Alumni tournament.
  • Lyric Davis, a junior from Blue Springs, Missouri, tournament champion in persuasive speaking at the Crimson Classic tournament.
  • Durwan Green, a junior from Lewisville, Texas, second in prose interpretation and fourth in programmed oral interpretation at the Alabama Alumni tournament; second in programmed oral interpretation and fifth in poetry interpretation at the Crimson Classic tournament.
  • Megan Armstrong, a junior from Morehead, second in persuasive speaking and fourth in extemporaneous speaking at the Alabama Alumni tournament; third in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in impromptu speaking at the Crimson Classic tournament.
  • Sam Moore, a junior from Blue Springs, Missouri, third in prose interpretation at the Alabama Alumni tournament; fifth in duo interpretation (with Sean Diaz) and sixth in prose interpretation at the Crimson Classic tournament.
  • Matt Wisenden, a sophomore from Moorhead, Minnesota, third in prose interpretation at the Crimson Classic tournament.
  • Sean Diaz, a junior from El Paso, Texas, fifth in duo interpretation (with Sam Moore) at the Crimson Classic tournament.
  • Michael Rizzo, a junior from Weston, Florida, sixth in informative speaking at the Alabama Alumni tournament.
  • Mackenzie Birkey, a junior from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, sixth in persuasive speaking at the Crimson Classic tournament.
  • Eli Lamb, a freshman from Leesburg, Georgia, sixth in informative speaking at the Crimson Classic tournament.

Results from the 2016 Central Missouri “Mule”/Dale Carnegie Invitational Swing are as follows:

  • Mark Allseits, a senior from Englewood, Florida, top debate speaker and tournament co-champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Dale Carnegie tournament; top debate speaker and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Central Missouri tournament.
  • Bailey Rung, a junior from Blaine, Minnesota, tournament co-champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Dale Carnegie tournament; semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fifth debate speaker at the Central Missouri tournament.
  • Damon Brown, a senior from Kansas City, Missouri, second in Lincoln-Douglas debate and second debate speaker at the Central Missouri tournament; quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Dale Carnegie tournament.
  • Kelly Stone, a sophomore from Louisburg, Kansas, third debate speaker and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Dale Carnegie tournament; octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Central Missouri tournament.
  • Jon Sahlman, a senior from Modesto, California, quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Central Missouri tournament; quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Dale Carnegie tournament.
  • James Baugh, a senior from Manteca, California, fourth debate speaker and quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Central Missouri tournament; fifth debate speaker at the Dale Carnegie tournament.
  • Brian Anderson, a sophomore from Hodgenville, quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Dale Carnegie tournament; octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Central Missouri tournament.
  • Emily Falica, a freshman from Scottsville, quarterfinalist in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Central Missouri tournament.
  • Anthony Survance, a freshman from Louisville, octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Central Missouri tournament; octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Dale Carnegie tournament.
  • Lane Hedrick, a sophomore from Morehead, sixth novice debate speaker at both the Central Missouri and Dale Carnegie tournaments.

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

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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