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WKU Forensics Team finishes semester with win at Ohio State

Eight WKU Forensics Team members traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to take part in a tournament hosted by the Ohio State University Dec. 2-3.

WKU Forensics Team members won team sweepstakes at Ohio State University's "Holiday Frolic."

WKU Forensics Team members won the team sweepstakes at the Ohio State University “Holiday Frolic” Speech and Debate Tournaments Dec. 2-3.

WKU won the team sweepstakes, defeating such schools as Ball State University, Florida State University and the University of Akron. In all, the crew of eight took away seven of the tournament’s 11 individual event championships.

While these students were competing in the last tournament of the fall semester, the rest of the WKU Forensics students and coaches hosted a junior high tournament on campus Saturday (Dec. 3) as 199 fourth- through eighth-grade students from Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana competed in the Junior Hilltopper Classic.

The WKU team will resume competition on Jan. 9 at Bradley University. This weekend, the team will host high school students from all over the country at the annual Senior Hilltopper Classic speech and debate tournament. Approximately 400 students will participate in the two-day competition on WKU’s campus.

WKU Director of Forensics Ganer Newman said the wins in Ohio are a good way to finish the semester.

“It was fantastic wrapping up the semester with another team sweepstakes victory all while hosting a junior high tournament,” he said. “Our students represented the team extremely well competitively at Ohio State and the rest of the team and coaches did an excellent job ushering young students into this remarkable activity. The students and coaches have been working extremely hard this semester and now we can focus on finishing the semester strong academically. This coming weekend, we will host hundreds of high school students at our Senior Hilltopper Classic Speech and Debate Tournament!”

Results from the Ohio State University “Holiday Frolic” Speech and Debate Tournaments are as follows:

  • Murphy Burke, a junior from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in persuasive speaking and tournament champion in editorial impromptu.
  • Bradley Wascher, a freshman from Montgomery, Alabama, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking, second in after-dinner speaking, second in impromptu speaking and fourth in communication analysis.
  • Mark Allseits, a senior from Englewood, Florida, tournament champion in communication analysis and second in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Matt Wisenden, a sophomore from Moorhead, Minnesota, tournament champion in prose interpretation and third in poetry interpretation.
  • Lily Nellans, a junior from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in impromptu speaking.
  • Blake Knapp, a junior from Blue Springs, Missouri, tournament champion in poetry interpretation.
  • Kelly Stone, a sophomore from Louisburg, Kansas, third in communication analysis.
  • James Baugh, a senior from Manteca, California, third in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in after-dinner speaking.

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

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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