Three Forensics Team Members Qualify for Nationals

Oct. 30, 2018

CONTACT:    Connie McKee, 806-651-2415,

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Three Forensics Team Members Qualify for Nationals


CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University forensics team earned four championships, and three members earned the right to advance to the national tournament after a recent competition at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

“We were super excited to get to compete on the campus of last year’s nationals,” Ryan Clark, a sophomore team member from Amarillo, said. “We felt strong and prepared and did not disappoint.”

Earning enough points to qualify for the upcoming national tournament were Duncan Miertschin, a freshman from Amarillo, who earned a spot with his performance in persuasive speaking. Sara Ledesma, a freshman from Canyon, qualified in prose, and Ryan Clark will compete at nationals in both program oral interpretation and poetry.

“I feel very accomplished and proud to have qualified,” Miertschin said. “I have opened myself for more events to compete in before nationals.”

Team members who earned championship status at the Colorado tournament included Clark in poetry interpretation and programmed oral interpretation; Ledesma and Bailey McClure of Canyon in duo interpretation; and Miertschin in persuasive speaking.

Finalists during the two-day tournament were Aspen Perry, a sophomore from Dumas, in after dinner speaking, and Belle Elliott, a junior from Odessa, Caitlin Bartz, a junior from Canyon, and Cassie King, a freshman from Stamford, in poetry. Elliott also was named a finalist in informative speaking.

For more information about the WTAMU forensics team, contact Connie McKee, director of forensics, at


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