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WKU Forensic Team Competes and Wins from Coast to Coast

 

wku logoBOWLING GREEN, KY (2/13/12) – Members of the Western Kentucky University Forensic Team traveled to Massachusetts, Oklahoma and California to compete in six tournaments the weekend of Feb. 11-12.
 
At the Emerson College/Lafayette College “Rose Swing” in Boston, WKU’s 10-member squad received nine individual tournament championships and placed second in overall team sweepstakes in the Emerson tournament. In addition, all 10 members advanced to elimination rounds. Other teams competing included Suffolk University, Emerson University, Rice University and Lafayette College.
 
At the University of Oklahoma/West Texas A&M “Sweetheart Swing” in Norman, Okla., WKU’s squad of five placed second in team sweepstakes in the Oklahoma portion. In addition, all five members of the squad advanced to final rounds. Freshman Austin Groves also received the individual combined sweepstakes championship, a measure of individual success across multiple events for both tournaments. Sophomore John Reynolds received second in individual sweepstakes for the tournament hosted by West Texas A&M.
 
At the Glendale Community College/California State University Los Angeles “Golden Cowboy” Swing in Los Angeles, another WKU squad of five was crowned team sweepstakes champions at the CSULA tournament and received second in team sweepstakes at the Glendale tournament. All five members of the squad advanced to final rounds.
 
Next weekend, the team will travel to tournaments in Houston, Texas, and Berea. At Berea, WKU will be seeking its 22nd consecutive championship in the Kentucky Forensic Association state tournament.
 
Individual results from the Emerson College/Lafayette College “Rose Swing” are as follows:
•Matt Whitman, a senior from Austin, Texas, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking, third in impromptu speaking and fifth in informative speaking in the Lafayette tournament; quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the Emerson tournament.
 
•Liz Owens-Courtney, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking, tournament champion in communication analysis and third in impromptu speaking in the Emerson tournament; semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fifth debate speaker in the Lafayette tournament.
 
•Susan Taylor, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., tournament champion in impromptu speaking and tournament champion in informative speaking in the Emerson tournament.
 
•Alexis Elliott, a sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., tournament champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate and second debate speaker in the Lafayette tournament; top debate speaker and quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the Emerson tournament.
 
•Nefertiti Dukes, a freshman from Miami Gardens, Fla., tournament champion in impromptu speaking and quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the Lafayette tournament.
 
•Spencer Orlowski, a sophomore from Davie, Fla., second in Lincoln-Douglas debate and second debate speaker in the Emerson tournament; second in persuasive speaking and third in informative speaking in the Lafayette tournament.
 
•Mitchell Grogg, a junior from Evansville, Ind., third in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in impromptu speaking in the Emerson tournament.
 
•Frank Murdock, a senior from Kingston, Wash., third in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in impromptu speaking in the Lafayette tournament; quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and fifth debate speaker in the Emerson tournament.
 
•Tyler Prochazka, a freshman from Newton, Kan., semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the Lafayette tournament.
 
•Robert Hollar, a freshman from Los Angeles, Calif., sixth in impromptu speaking in the Emerson tournament.
 
Individual results from the University of Oklahoma/ West Texas A&M “Sweetheart Swing” are as follows:
•Austin Groves, a freshman from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in poetry interpretation, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, third in duo interpretation (with Janniqua Dawkins) and fourth in duo interpretation (with Jamaque Newberry) at the Oklahoma portion; tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Jamaque Newberry) and second in poetry interpretation at the West Texas portion.
 
•John Reynolds, a sophomore from Harlingen, Texas, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, third in after-dinner speaking and fourth in programmed oral interpretation at the West Texas portion; third in programmed oral interpretation and fourth in after-dinner speaking at the Oklahoma portion.
 
•Jamaque Newberry, a freshman from Tamarac, Fla., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) at the West Texas portion; second in poetry interpretation, third in prose interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) at the Oklahoma portion.
 
•Lindsey White, a sophomore from St. Paul, Minn., second in dramatic interpretation and second in after-dinner speaking at the Oklahoma portion; second in after-dinner speaking at the West Texas portion.
 
•Janniqua Dawkins, a freshman from Hollywood, Fla., third in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) fourth in persuasive speaking and sixth in dramatic interpretation at the Oklahoma portion; sixth in dramatic interpretation at the West Texas portion.
 
Individual results from the Glendale Community College/California State University Los Angeles “Golden Cowboy” Swing are as follows:
 
•Amanda Waid, a junior from Symsonia, tournament champion in poetry interpretation, second in after-dinner speaking, third in dramatic interpretation and third in persuasive speaking at the Glendale tournament; tournament champion in after-dinner speaking, second in persuasive speaking and third in dramatic interpretation at the CSULA tournament.
 
•Mario Nguyen, a senior from Plano, Texas, tournament champion in impromptu speaking, second in poetry interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Celena Allen) at the CSULA tournament; third in duo interpretation (with Celena Allen) at the Glendale tournament.
 
•Emma Wilczynski, a sophomore from Florence, tournament champion in communication analysis and third in prose interpretation at the CSULA tournament; tournament champion in communication analysis at the Glendale tournament.
 
•Wilian Iralzabal, a senior from Union City, Calif., tournament champion in prose interpretation, fourth in dramatic interpretation and fourth in poetry interpretation at the CSULA tournament; third in poetry interpretation at the Glendale tournament.
 
•Celena Allen, a senior from Hayward, Calif., second in after-dinner speaking, fourth in prose interpretation, fourth in duo interpretation (with Mario Nguyen) and fifth in poetry interpretation at the CSULA tournament; third in duo interpretation (with Mario Nguyen) and fourth in after-dinner speaking at the Glendale tournament.
 
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