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More members of WKU Forensics Team qualify for national tournaments

WKU’s Forensics Team traveled to Saint Louis, Missouri, and DeKalb, Illinois, to take part in three tournaments the weekend of Jan. 28-29.

The WKU Forensics Team competed in three weekend tournaments and qualified several more students for national tournaments.

The WKU Forensics Team competed in three weekend tournaments and qualified several more students for national tournaments.

The tournament in Saint Louis was hosted by Webster University. There, WKU’s team of 15 placed third in overall team sweepstakes, which combined individual events and debate. Competing schools included the University of Alabama, Boise State University and Hillsdale College. The team also closed out the final round of debate, securing both of the top spots.

In Illinois, WKU’s team of 12 won the team sweepstakes championship at the MAFL 6 tournament, and a collective five individual event championships at both tournaments. The three tournaments together qualified several more students for the April national tournaments.

Next weekend the team will split to compete in three locations: Normal and Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and Murray, Kentucky.

Results from the Webster University “Gorlok Gala” are as follows:

  • Jon Sahlman, a senior from Modesto, California, co-champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate, seventh debate speaker and semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Faith LoPiccolo, a freshman from Lexington, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking, excellence award in poetry interpretation and semifinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Bailey Rung, a junior from Blaine, Minnesota, co-champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate and 10th debate speaker.
  • Alyssa Wilhelm, a freshman from Roseville, Minnesota, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and semifinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Eli Lamb, a freshman from Leesburg, Georgia, tournament champion in informative speaking.
  • Alex Rivera, a freshman from Newton, Kansas, second debate speaker and octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Andrea Ambam, a sophomore from Peculiar, Missouri, second in programmed oral interpretation.
  • Lane Hedrick, a sophomore from Morehead, third in impromptu speaking, fifth junior division debate speaker and semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Mark Allseits, a senior from Englewood, Florida, fifth debate speaker and semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
  • Emily Falica, a freshman from Scottsville, excellence award in extemporaneous speaking and excellence award in impromptu speaking.
  • Brian Anderson, a sophomore from Hodgenville, excellence award in impromptu speaking and ninth debate speaker.
  • Lily Nellans, a junior from Des Moines, Iowa, excellence award in impromptu speaking.

Results from the Mid-America Forensic League 5 & 6 Tournaments are as follows:

  • Matt Wisenden, a sophomore from Moorhead, Minnesota, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Durwan Green) and third in informative speaking at the MAFL 6 tournament; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Durwan Green) and fourth in informative speaking at the MAFL 5 tournament.
  • Durwan Green, a junior from Lewisville, Texas, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Matt Wisenden) at the MAFL 5 tournament; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Matt Wisenden) at the MAFL 6 tournament.
  • Murphy Burke, a junior from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in persuasive speaking at the MAFL 6 tournament; second in persuasive speaking at the MAFL 5 tournament.
  • Curtis Milby, a junior from Hodgenville, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Elijah Thomas) at the MAFL 6 tournament; fifth in duo interpretation (with Elijah Thomas) at the MAFL 5 tournament.
  • Blake Knapp, a junior from Blue Springs, Missouri, tournament champion in prose interpretation at the MAFL 6 tournament; sixth in poetry interpretation at the MAFL 5 tournament.
  • Michael Rizzo, a junior from Weston, Florida, second in communication analysis at the MAFL 5 tournament; second in prose interpretation at the MAFL 6 tournament.
  • Mackenzie Birkey, a junior from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, second in communication analysis at the MAFL 6 tournament; third in communication analysis at the MAFL 5 tournament.
  • Camille Acosta, a senior from El Paso, Texas, second in informative speaking at the MAFL 6 tournament; fourth in after-dinner speaking and sixth in informative speaking at the MAFL 5 tournament.
  • Brent O’Connor, a senior from Plantation, Florida, second in after-dinner speaking at the MAFL 6 tournament.
  • Elijah Thomas, a junior from Elizabethtown, third in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby) and fourth in informative speaking at the MAFL 6 tournament; fifth in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby) at the MAFL 5 tournament.
  • Megan Armstrong, a junior from Morehead, fifth in persuasive speaking and fifth in communication analysis at the MAFL 6 tournament.

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

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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