WT’s Forensics Team on a Rhetorical Roll, Finishing in Top 5 in State Competition

1910 PR Feb 15, 2021
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WT’s Forensics Team on a Rhetorical Roll, Finishing in Top 5 in State Competition

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CANYON, Texas— The WT speech team continues to dominate after yet another strong finish earlier this month.

Competing against 16 other teams in the Texas Intercollegiate Forensic Association state tournament, the team finished second overall in sweepstakes while several team members finished in the Top 5 individually.

In programmed oral interpretation, Tearanee Lockhart of Amarillo placed second, Alejandro Mata of Hereford placed fourth, and Caitlin Bartz of Canyon placed third.

Mata won the state novice championship in programmed oral interpretation and second in prose interpretation. 

Lockhart placed sixth in dramatic interpretation and seventh in prose interpretation. Adrian Trevino of Andrews placed fifth in persuasive speaking.

WT’s strong finish comes on the heels of another great showing the prior week at Webster University’s Gorlok tournament where Lockhart and Mata placed fourth in duo improvisation, and Lockhart placed fifth in programmed oral interpretation. Mata also made quarterfinals in novice International Public Debate Association (IPDA) and Josiah Kinsky of Canyon placed second in IPDA.

“It was huge!” said Coach Connie McKee. “Sixty-five teams from everywhere.”


About the WTAMU Department of Communication
The WTAMU Department of Communication houses two undergraduate programs: Communication Studies and Media Communication, with three areas of emphasis in each program as well as the option to seek teacher certification in speech or journalism. The master’s program offers two areas of emphasis: one in Communication and one in Media Management. Both can be completed online. For more information on the department, please visit


About West Texas A&M University

WT is located in Canyon, Texas, on a 342-acre residential campus. Established in 1910, the University has been part of The Texas A&M University System since 1990. With enrollment of more than 10,000, WT offers 60 undergraduate degree programs, 40 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees. The University is also home to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in the state and the home of one of the Southwest’s finest art collections. The Buffaloes are a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offers 15 men’s and women’s athletics programs.