BOWLING GREEN, KY (10/29/12) – Western Kentucky University forensics team members traveled to Huntington, W.Va., and Rome, Ga., the weekend of Oct. 26-27 to take part in two tournaments.
At Marshall University, the host site of this year's National Forensic Association National Tournament in April, WKU was triple-crowned as overall team sweepstakes champion, champion in team individual events sweepstakes and champion in debate team sweepstakes, and received the quality award, which is given to the school with the highest ratio of awards to students.
Four members of the WKU team also ranked among the top individual performers in a measure of overall success in multiple events; sophomore Kristina Medero was the tournament champion in individual sweepstakes, junior Richard Heyne placed fourth, sophomore Jamaque Newberry placed sixth, and junior Gabriella Devia-Allen placed seventh. Finally, all 16 team members advanced to a final round in at least one event. Other schools placing in team sweepstakes included Rice University, Eastern Michigan University, Ohio University, Miami University, Ohio State University and Hillsdale College.
At Berry College, WKU's squad of eight placed third in team sweepstakes. Other top schools included the University of Alabama, the University of West Florida, Florida State University and Berry College.
Next weekend, the team will travel to Peoria, Ill., for the largest invitational tournament of the semester, hosted by Bradley University.
Results from the Marshall University “Chief Justice” Tournament are as follows:
Kristina Medero, a sophomore from Davie, Fla., tournament champion in poetry interpretation, tournament champion in individual sweepstakes, second in informative speaking, second in duo interpretation (with Richard Heyne) and third in dramatic interpretation.
Richard Heyne, a junior from Sunrise, Fla., tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation, second in duo interpretation (with Kristina Medero) fourth in individual sweepstakes and sixth in communication analysis.
Gabriella Devia-Allen, a junior from Davie, Fla., tournament champion in informative speaking, sixth in dramatic interpretation, sixth in duo interpretation (with Jamaque Newberry) and seventh in individual sweepstakes.
Nefertiti Dukes, a sophomore from Miami Gardens, Fla., tournament champion in impromptu speaking and quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
Susan Taylor, a senior from Kansas City, Mo., top debate speaker, semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and third in impromptu speaking.
Tyler Prochazka, a sophomore from Newton, Kan., second in Lincoln-Douglas debate and second debate speaker.
John Corum, a sophomore from Auburn, second in communication analysis and third in extemporaneous speaking.
Jamaque Newberry, a sophomore from Tamarac, Fla., second in dramatic interpretation, fourth in poetry interpretation, fifth in after-dinner speaking, sixth in duo interpretation (with Gabriella Devia-Allen) and sixth in individual sweepstakes.
Sarah Brazier, a senior from Wadsworth, Ohio, second in programmed oral interpretation and fifth in duo interpretation (with Nick Gilyard).
Nick Gilyard, a junior from Miami Gardens, Fla., third in poetry interpretation, fourth in after-dinner speaking and fifth in duo interpretation (with Sarah Brazier).
Brittany Broder, a freshman from St. Charles, Mo., third in duo interpretation (with John Winstead) and fifth in informative speaking.
John Winstead, a freshman from Goodlettsville, Tenn., third in duo interpretation (with Brittany Broder).
Paige Settles, a freshman from Floyds Knobs, Ind., fourth in impromptu speaking and fifth in extemporaneous speaking.
Rebekah Hall, a freshman from Des Moines, Iowa, fourth in extemporaneous speaking.
Emma Collins, a sophomore from Chicago, Ill., quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate, sixth debate speaker and sixth in extemporaneous speaking.
Tiffany Lewis, a junior from Dubach, La., quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
Results from the Berry College “Georgia Mountain” Swing Tournament are as follows:
Lindsey White, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and tournament champion in prose interpretation.
Ian Dowty, a sophomore from Valley Center, Kan., tournament champion in after-dinner speaking and third in duo interpretation (with Jasmine Jones).
Lataya Williams, a freshman from Falcon Heights, Minn., second in poetry interpretation and third in persuasive speaking.
Ray Roberts, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, second in prose interpretation.
Laura Myers, a senior from Goodlettsville, Tenn., third in communication analysis and fourth in after-dinner speaking.
Jasmine Jones, a freshman from Elizabethtown, third in duo interpretation (with Ian Dowty) fifth in dramatic interpretation and fifth in persuasive speaking.
Justin Rodriguez, a junior from Coos Bay, Ore., fourth in dramatic interpretation.
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