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WKU Forensics Team members win 24 individual event titles at Illinois and Murray State

WKU’s Forensics Team traveled to Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, and Murray to take part in four tournaments the weekend of Feb. 6-7, winning 24 individual event championships along the way.

At both of the tournaments in Illinois, WKU’s squad of six placed third in team sweepstakes. Additionally, all members advanced to elimination rounds. Other competing schools included Bradley University, Southeastern Illinois University and Ball State University.

In Murray, WKU’s team of 14 placed second at the Ruby Krider tournament. Other competing schools included North Central College, Berry College and Carson-Newman University.

Next weekend the team will travel to Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete in two tournaments at Bowling Green State University. In two weeks, the team will compete in the 44th Annual Kentucky Forensic Association State Tournament to defend the state title. At the same time, a contingent of students will also travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to compete in the district qualifier for the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament.

Results from the Third Annual Urbana-Champaign/Springfield “Illini Stars Swing” tournament are as follows:

Six members of the WKU Forensics Team competed Feb. 6-7 at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

Six members of the WKU Forensics Team competed Feb. 6-7 at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

  • Matt Wisenden, a sophomore from Moorhead, Minnesota, tournament champion in poetry interpretation and second in informative speaking at the Springfield tournament; fifth in poetry interpretation at the Urbana-Champaign tournament.
  • Kayla English, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and fourth in persuasive speaking at the Urbana-Champaign tournament; fourth in after-dinner speaking at the Springfield tournament.
  • Megan Armstrong, a junior from Morehead, tournament champion in communication analysis at the Springfield tournament; third in persuasive speaking and sixth in communication analysis at the Urbana-Champaign tournament.
  • Murphy Burke, a junior from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking at the Urbana-Champaign tournament.
  • Michael Rizzo, a junior from Weston, Florida, second in communication analysis at the Urbana-Champaign tournament; third in communication analysis at the Springfield tournament.
  • Anthony Survance, a freshman from Louisville, fourth in extemporaneous speaking, fifth in communication analysis and fifth in impromptu speaking at the Springfield tournament; seventh in extemporaneous speaking at the Urbana-Champaign tournament.

Results from the Murray State “Ruby C. Krider” and Murray Alumni Swing are as follows:

Fourteen members of the WKU Forensics Team competed Feb. 6-7 at Murray.

Fourteen members of the WKU Forensics Team competed Feb. 6-7 at Murray.

  • Elijah Thomas, a junior from Elizabethtown, tournament champion in poetry interpretation, tournament champion in informative speaking and fifth in prose interpretation at the Ruby Krider tournament; tournament champion in prose interpretation, tournament champion in informative speaking, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby) and sixth in poetry interpretation at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Curtis Milby, a junior from Hodgenville, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Sam Moore) and second in prose interpretation at the Ruby Krider tournament; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Elijah Thomas) at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Tyler McDaniel, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and second in poetry interpretation at the Ruby Krider tournament; third in poetry interpretation and third in after-dinner speaking at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Alyssa Wilhelm, a freshman from Roseville, Minnesota, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and fourth in prose interpretation at the Murray Alumni tournament; sixth in prose interpretation at the Ruby Krider tournament.
  • Lane Hedrick, a sophomore from Morehead, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in persuasive speaking at the Ruby Krider tournament.
  • Brian Anderson, a sophomore from Hodgenville, tournament champion in impromptu speaking at the Ruby Krider tournament.
  • Sam Moore, a junior from Blue Springs, Missouri, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Curtis Milby) at the Ruby Krider tournament.
  • Kelly Stone, a sophomore from Louisburg, Kansas, second in communication analysis at the Murray Alumni tournament; third in communication analysis at the Ruby Krider tournament.
  • Natalie Hedberg, a sophomore from Chaska, Minnesota, second in prose interpretation at the Murray Alumni tournament; fourth in persuasive speaking at the Ruby Krider tournament.
  • Claire Champagne, a freshman from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, third in persuasive speaking at the Murray Alumni tournament; fifth in persuasive speaking and sixth in dramatic interpretation at the Ruby Krider tournament.
  • Emily Falica, a freshman from Scottsville, fourth in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in impromptu speaking at the Ruby Krider tournament.
  • Mackenzie Birkey, a junior from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, fourth in communication analysis at the Ruby Krider tournament; fourth in communication analysis at the Murray Alumni tournament.
  • Bradley Wascher, a freshman from Montgomery, Alabama, fifth in communication analysis at the Murray Alumni tournament; sixth in communication analysis at the Ruby Krider tournament.
  • Alex Rivera, a freshman from Newton, Kansas, sixth in impromptu speaking at the Ruby Krider tournament.

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

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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