WKU forensics team wins at Bradley in largest tournament of fall semester

WKU forensics team members traveled to Peoria, Ill., to compete in a tournament hosted by Bradley University the weekend of Nov. 3-4.

The Bradley tournament is the largest of the fall semester, with more than 1,200 entries, and is one of the two largest invitational tournaments of the entire season. WKU was crowned team sweepstakes champion, ahead of 46 other schools, including George Mason University, University of Alabama, Illinois State University, North Central College, Eastern Michigan University, Miami University, Marshall University and University of Texas at Austin. In all, WKU team members secured five individual events championships and 44 other awards.

“This is a big win, and I’m very proud of the work these students have invested so far this year,” said Dr. Jace Lux, WKU Director of Forensics. “This is the largest tournament of the semester, and a great opportunity to face some of the best teams from across the country.”

WKU Provost Dr. Gordon Emslie also traveled to Peoria to watch the team in action and was impressed with the team’s efforts. “It was an honor and a privilege to witness the world-class WKU forensics team in action at the Norton tournament. The team members performed magnificently, and the strong team spirit was evident from start to finish. I congratulate the students, the coaches, and Forensics director Jace Lux on their success, and I look forward to even greater achievements at both national and international levels in the future.”

This weekend, WKU will host a high school forensics tournament on campus while sending a small squad to compete at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Results from the 65th Annual L.E. Norton Bradley Invitational are as follows:

  • Paige Settles, a freshman from Floyds Knobs, Ind., tournament champion in novice impromptu speaking, third in novice communication analysis and fifth in novice extemporaneous speaking.
  • Meg Cox, a freshman from The Woodlands, Texas, tournament champion in novice informative speaking and fourth in novice prose interpretation.
  • Nick Gilyard, a junior from Miami Gardens, Fla., tournament champion in poetry interpretation and semifinalist in after-dinner speaking.
  • Lindsey White, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and quarterfinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Ashton Garber, a freshman from Osprey, Fla., tournament champion in novice poetry interpretation.
  • Tyler Dailey, a senior from Blue Springs, Mo., second in informative speaking, second in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) and third in duo interpretation (with Tyler Rife).
  • Lataya Williams, a freshman from Falcon Heights, Minn., second in novice poetry interpretation and second in novice persuasive speaking.
  • Austin Groves, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., second in duo interpretation (with Tyler Dailey) third in persuasive speaking, and quarterfinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Brittany Broder, a freshman from St. Charles, Mo., second in novice duo interpretation (with John Winstead) and fifth in novice informative speaking.
  • Alexis Elliott, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., second in impromptu speaking and semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking.
  • Haddy Badjie, a freshman from Lewisville, Texas, second in novice informative speaking.
  • John Winstead, a freshman from Goodlettsville, Tenn., second in novice duo interpretation (with Brittany Broder).
  • Ray Roberts, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, third in dramatic interpretation, third in poetry interpretation and semifinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Tyler Rife, a junior from Dayton, Ohio, third in duo interpretation (with Tyler Dailey) fifth in duo interpretation (with Elle Pratt) semifinalist in dramatic interpretation and quarterfinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Elle Pratt, a junior from Fullerton, Calif., third in informative speaking and fifth in duo interpretation (with Tyler Rife).
  • Janniqua Dawkins, a sophomore from Hollywood, Fla., fourth in communication analysis.
  • Marshall Covert, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., fourth in prose interpretation.
  • Jasmine Jones, a freshman from Elizabethtown, fourth in novice persuasive speaking.
  • Rebekah Hall, a freshman from Des Moines, Iowa, sixth in novice extemporaneous speaking.
  • Layton Garlington, a junior from Ruston, La., semifinalist in dramatic interpretation, semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Tiffany McLarty) and quarterfinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Gabriella Devia-Allen, a junior from Davie, Fla., semifinalist in dramatic interpretation and quarterfinalist in prose interpretation.
  • Jamaque Newberry, a sophomore from Tamarac, Fla., semifinalist in after-dinner speaking.
  • Kristina Medero, a sophomore from Davie, Fla., semifinalist in informative speaking.
  • Tyler Prochazka, a sophomore from Newton, Kan., semifinalist in impromptu speaking.
  • Nefertiti Dukes, a sophomore from Miami Gardens, Fla., semifinalist in impromptu speaking.
  • Tiffany McLarty, a sophomore from Bronx, N.Y., semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Layton Garlington).
  • Ian Dowty, a sophomore from Valley Center, Kan., quarterfinalist in prose interpretation.

Contact: Jace Lux, (270) 745-6340.

(Source: WKU News, Nov 5, 2012)

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