WKU Forensics Team wins largest tournament of fall semester
|Author: WKU Forensics|
Date: Monday, November 6th, 2017
The WKU Forensics Team was crowned team sweepstakes champion at the largest tournament of the fall semester Nov. 4-5 in Peoria, Illinois.
The 70th Annual L.E. Norton Memorial Tournament, hosted by Bradley University, is one of the oldest collegiate forensics tournaments and has often served as a predictor of success at the national tournaments at the end of the school year.
Out of 23 possible individual championships available, WKU students won nine and took an additional six second-place finishes. Other competing schools included Northwestern University, George Mason University, University of Alabama, Illinois State University and the University of Texas at Austin. In all, 43 schools attended, representing 22 states.
Two members also took the top two places in pentathlon, a measure of personal success across five events: senior Lily Nellans placed first, and junior Andrea Ambam placed second.
WKU Director of Forensics Ganer Newman praised the quality of the competition at the event. “This is one of the largest tournament we attend before nationals so it always attracts top competition,” he said. “The number of competitors entered in each event made advancing to final rounds incredibly challenging statistically. While the competition was extremely close, our students all pulled together to win the team championship.
“It was particularly rewarding having two students, Lily Nellans and Andrea Ambam, recognized as the top two overall speakers at the tournament. These women are also currently preparing for major national scholarships, a testament to their remarkable discipline this semester.”
Newman praised the coaching staff. “I am incredibly grateful for all the hard work our coaches put in to make our team a success,” he said. “They work tirelessly to motivate our students to develop and deliver nationally competitive arguments. We have a lot of work on our road to nationals in April, but I know our coaches are leading these students in the right direction.”
The team will split in two next week to compete at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and McKendree University, in Lebanon, Illinois.
Results from the 70th Annual “L.E. Norton” Bradley Invitational are as follows:
- Lily Nellans, a senior from Des Moines, Iowa, tournament champion in pentathlon, tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking, tournament champion in impromptu speaking, tournament champion in informative speaking, third in persuasive speaking and sixth in communication analysis.
- Andrea Ambam, a junior from Peculiar, Missouri, tournament champion in after-dinner speaking, second in pentathlon, second in duo interpretation (with Lyric Davis), second in informative speaking and second in persuasive speaking.
- Emma Warnecke, a freshman from West Bloomfield, Michigan, tournament champion in novice persuasive speaking and tournament champion in novice poetry interpretation.
- Zakkiyah Sanders, a freshman from Apple Valley, Minnesota, tournament champion in novice prose interpretation.
- Rickey Williams, a freshman from Minneapolis, Minnesota, tournament champion in novice communication analysis.
- Lyric Davis, a senior from Blue Springs, Missouri, second in duo interpretation (with Andrea Ambam) and semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Sam Moore).
- Zach Bernat, a freshman from Canfield, Ohio, second in novice after-dinner speaking.
- Tayland Ratliff, a freshman from Youngsville, Louisiana, second in novice dramatic interpretation.
- Durwan Green, a senior from Lewisville, Texas, third in poetry interpretation, semifinalist in dramatic interpretation and semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Matt Wisenden).
- Bailey Rung, a senior from Blaine, Minnesota, third in impromptu speaking.
- Corey Newsome, a freshman from Morehead, third in novice prose interpretation.
- Ashlyn Jones, a freshman from Lafayette, Louisiana, fourth in novice impromptu speaking and sixth in novice extemporaneous speaking.
- Murphy Burke, a senior from Des Moines, Iowa, fourth in persuasive speaking.
- Michael Rizzo, a senior from Weston, Florida, fourth in informative speaking.
- Sean Diaz, a senior from El Paso, Texas, fifth in programmed oral interpretation and semifinalist in dramatic interpretation.
- Sam Moore, a senior from Blue Springs, Missouri, fifth in dramatic interpretation and semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Lyric Davis).
- Symone Whalin, a freshman from Sonora, fifth in novice after-dinner speaking.
- Matt Wisenden, a junior from Moorhead, Minnesota, semifinalist in dramatic interpretation and semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Durwan Green).
- Casey Child, a junior from Taylor Mill, semifinalist in dramatic interpretation and semifinalist in informative speaking.
- Kayla English, a junior from Indianapolis, Indiana, semifinalist in after-dinner speaking and semifinalist in informative speaking.
- Claire Champagne, a sophomore from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, semifinalist in after-dinner speaking.
- Emily Falica, a sophomore from Scottsville, semifinalist in impromptu speaking.
- Bradley Wascher, a sophomore from Montgomery, Alabama, semifinalist in impromptu speaking.
- Asha Wasuge, a senior from Irvine, California, semifinalist in after-dinner speaking.
Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340
- All Categories
- March 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS October 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS March 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2017 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2012 E-Newsletter
- April 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS November 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS March 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2013 E-Newsletter
- JUNE 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS May/June 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2013 E-Newsletter
- Archived CHHS News
- CHHS October 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2015 E-Newsletter
- December 2015 ICYMI
- January 2016 ICYMI
- MAY 2016 ICYMI
- February 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS July 2016 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2016 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2016 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2016 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2016 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2016 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2017 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2017 E-Newsletter
- CHHS March 2017 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2017 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2017 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2017 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2017 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2017 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2017 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2017 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2011 E-Newsletter
- All Categories
- Academic Outreach
- Continuing & Professional Development
- Online Learning
- Summer Sessions
- Winter Term
- Career & Workforce Development
- Lifelong Learning
- Society for Lifelong Learning
- WKU On Demand
- Study Away
- Faculty-Led Study Abroad
- Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning
- Cohort Programs
- Dual Credit
- Training Resources & Event Planning Services
History will be made on Nov. 29 when WKU will get its first chapter of SALUTE, a national honor society for student veterans. Seven charter members will be inducted into SALUTE at 5 p.m. in the Veterans Resource Center, 410 Tate Page Hall.
Three alumni from WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology who work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have been assigned to Puerto Rico to assist in post-hurricane recovery efforts.
The Department of Student Financial Assistance will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 22nd through Friday, Nov. 25th. The office will reopen on Monday, Nov. 27th.
Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,