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WKU Forensics Team places 2nd at tournaments in Illinois

Members of the WKU Forensics Team traveled to Peoria, Illinois, to compete in two tournaments co-hosted by Bradley University and the University of Texas at Austin the weekend of Jan. 14-15.

WKU placed second in team sweepstakes at both tournaments, ahead of 41 other schools. The competition included George Mason University, Illinois State University, Kansas State University, Ball State University, Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Junior Lily Nellans also placed third overall in individual sweepstakes, a measure of personal success across both tournaments.

The team will next travel in two weeks by splitting in two groups to St. Louis, Missouri, and Dekalb, Illinois, to compete in three tournaments.

Individual results for the 18th Annual University of Texas at Austin and Bradley University “Hell Froze Over” Swing are as follows:

  • Lily Nellans, a junior from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in informative speaking, second in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in individual sweepstakes at the UT tournament; tournament champion in impromptu speaking, fifth in extemporaneous speaking, semifinalist in informative speaking and semifinalist in persuasive speaking at the Bradley tournament.
  • Mackenzie Birkey, a junior from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and fourth in duo interpretation (with Casey Child) at the UT tournament; fourth in after-dinner speaking at the Bradley tournament.
  • Asha Wasuge, a junior from Irvine, California, second in after-dinner speaking at the UT tournament; fourth in poetry interpretation and semifinalist in prose interpretation at the Bradley tournament.
  • Casey Child, a sophomore from Taylor Mill, third in prose interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Mackenzie Birkey) at the UT tournament; semifinalist in poetry interpretation and semifinalist in prose interpretation at the Bradley tournament.
  • Kayla English, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana, third in communication analysis and semifinalist in after-dinner speaking at the UT tournament; semifinalist in communication analysis at the Bradley tournament.
  • Sam Moore, a junior from Blue Springs, Missouri, fourth in programmed oral interpretation and sixth in prose interpretation at the UT tournament; semifinalist in prose interpretation at the Bradley tournament.
  • Camille Acosta, a senior from El Paso, Texas, fourth in dramatic interpretation and semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Elijah Thomas) at the Bradley tournament; semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Elijah Thomas) at the UT tournament.
  • Lauren Groves, a senior from Bowling Green, fifth in persuasive speaking, semifinalist in communication analysis and semifinalist in after-dinner speaking at the Bradley tournament; semifinalist in persuasive speaking at the UT tournament.
  • Elijah Thomas, a junior from Elizabethtown, fifth in informative speaking and semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Camille Acosta) at the UT tournament; semifinalist in informative speaking and semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Camille Acosta) at the Bradley tournament.
  • Matt Wisenden, a sophomore from Moorhead, Minnesota, fifth in prose interpretation and semifinalist in poetry interpretation at the UT tournament.
  • Murphy Burke, a junior from Des Moines, Iowa, sixth in after-dinner speaking, semifinalist in impromptu speaking and semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking at the UT tournament; semifinalist in persuasive speaking at the Bradley tournament.
  • Bradley Wascher, a freshman from Montgomery, Alabama, sixth in impromptu speaking at the UT tournament; semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking and semifinalist in impromptu speaking at the Bradley tournament.
  • Megan Armstrong, a junior from Morehead, sixth in communication analysis at the Bradley tournament; semifinalist in impromptu speaking at the UT tournament.
  • Claire Champagne, a freshman from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, sixth in persuasive speaking at the Bradley tournament.
  • Curtis Milby, a junior from Hodgenville, sixth in prose interpretation at the Bradley tournament.
  • Tyler McDaniel, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana, semifinalist in prose interpretation at the Bradley tournament.

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

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

 

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