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WKU Forensics Team wins at tournaments in Tennessee

Members of the WKU Forensics Team traveled to Jefferson City, Tennessee, to compete in two tournaments the weekend of Nov. 19-20.

The team won the overall sweepstakes championship for the two tournaments combined, ahead of several other schools including the University of Alabama, James Madison University and Belmont University. Out of 22 possible individual championships between the two tournaments, the team won 15.

Team members will next travel in two weeks when they head to Columbus, Ohio, to compete on the campus of the Ohio State University. That same weekend, the remainder of the WKU team will host its annual middle school tournament, the Junior Hilltopper Classic.

Individual results for the Carson-Newman/Belmont “Tennessee Porch Swing” are as follows:

  • Jon Sahlman, a senior from Modesto, California, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking and tournament champion in impromptu speaking at the Carson-Newman tournament; third in extemporaneous speaking and third in impromptu speaking at the Belmont tournament.
  • Kayla English, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana, tournament champion in persuasive speaking and second in communication analysis at the Carson-Newman tournament; third in persuasive speaking at the Belmont tournament.
  • James Baugh, a senior from Manteca, California, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and second in extemporaneous speaking at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Tyara Hooks, a freshman from Fulton, Georgia, tournament champion in poetry interpretation and third in dramatic interpretation at the Belmont tournament; tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and fourth in poetry interpretation at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Durwan Green, a junior from Lewisville, Texas, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Lyric Davis) and third in prose interpretation at the Carson-Newman tournament; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Lyric Davis) at the Belmont tournament.
  • Curtis Milby, a junior from Hodgenville, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Elijah Thomas) at the Belmont tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Elijah Thomas) at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Lyric Davis, a junior from Blue Springs, Missouri, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Durwan Green) at the Carson-Newman tournament; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Durwan Green) at the Belmont tournament.
  • Andrea Ambam, a sophomore from Peculiar, Missouri, tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation at the Carson-Newman tournament; tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation at the Belmont tournament.
  • Brent O’Connor, a senior from Plantation, Florida, tournament champion in communication analysis at the Carson-Newman tournament; tournament champion in communication analysis at the Belmont tournament.
  • Camille Acosta, a senior from El Paso, Texas, tournament champion in prose interpretation and second in duo interpretation (with Elijah Thomas) at the Belmont tournament.
  • Asha Wasuge, a junior from Irvine, California, tournament champion in prose interpretation at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Elijah Thomas, a junior from Elizabethtown, second in duo interpretation (with Camille Acosta), third in prose interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby) at the Belmont tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby) at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Claire Champagne, a freshman from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, second in persuasive speaking and fourth in dramatic interpretation at the Belmont tournament; third in dramatic interpretation at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Natalie Hedberg, a sophomore from Chaska, Minnesota, third in informative speaking and sixth in duo interpretation (with Kaitlyn Barriere) at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Kaitlyn Barriere, a junior from Cooper City, Florida, third in after-dinner speaking and sixth in duo interpretation (with Natalie Hedberg) at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Faith LoPiccolo, a freshman from Lexington, fourth in after-dinner speaking, fourth in poetry interpretation and fifth in duo interpretation (with Alyssa Wilhelm) at the Belmont tournament; fifth in duo interpretation (with Alyssa Wilhelm) and sixth in prose interpretation at the Carson-Newman tournament.
  • Alyssa Wilhelm, a freshman from Roseville, Minnesota, fourth in prose interpretation and fifth in duo interpretation (with Faith LoPiccolo) at the Carson-Newman tournament; fifth in duo interpretation (with Faith LoPiccolo) at the Belmont tournament.
  • Megan Armstrong, a junior from Morehead, fourth in persuasive speaking at the Carson-Newman tournament; fourth in persuasive speaking at the Belmont tournament.
  • Michael Rizzo, a junior from Weston, Florida, sixth in communication analysis at the Carson-Newman tournament.

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

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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