WTAMU Forensics Team Competes at Sooner Showdown

Nov. 15, 2017

CONTACT:    Hannah Ellis, heellis1@Buffs.wtamu.edu
                     Connie McKee, 806-651-2415, cmckee@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Forensics Team Competes at Sooner Showdown


CANYON, Texas— The West Texas A&M University Forensics team traveled to Norman, Okla., Nov. 4-5 and participated in the Sooner Showdown. The team qualified its fifth event toward Nationals and named High Point Team in interpretation and in public address.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, senior Drew Dunn of Levelland placed second in impromptu speaking and poetry. Freshman Josiah Atkinson of Beaumont placed fourth in impromptu and earned first place in extemporaneous speaking. Senior Caroline Vick of Abernathy had a busy weekend, earning first place in informative speaking, sixth in persuasive speaking and first in communication analysis.

Freshman Corrie Allen of Canyon took home a fourth place in prose and also competed in duo interpretation with sophomore Belle Elliott of Odessa, earning a first place. Senior Carlos Perez of Olton and freshman Bailey McClure of Canyon placed second in duo interpretation. McClure also placed second in prose, and freshman Ryan Clark of Amarillo placed fourth. Perez placed first in program oral interpretation followed by Elliott placing second and Clark placing fourth. Clark also placed third in after dinner speaking while Perez placed first in poetry. Elliott also placed fourth in dramatic speaking.

The following day, the team started out strong with Elliot placing third in interpretation, and Perez taking home a first. Vick placed second in public address, and Atkinson placed third in the individual policy category. Clark had another successful day placing fourth in after dinner speaking as well as dramatic interpretation, third in program oral interpretation and sixth in prose.

Elliott placed third in dramatic interpretation and fourth in program oral interpretation. In duo interpretation, McClure and Perez earned a first-place win. Perez also earned first in program oral interpretation and second in poetry. Dunn kept up the winning streak and placed first in poetry and third in prose. Vick placed second in impromptu speaking and persuasive speaking, third in informative speaking and first in communication analysis. Allen placed fourth in prose and sixth in poetry.

The forensics team also performed in a Speech or Treats event on Oct. 31 to demonstrate its skills to fellow WT students and compete in a friendly debate about various Halloween topics. The Buffs hosted the Guy P. Yates High School tournament on Nov. 17-18 at WTAMU. For more information about the forensics team contact Connie McKee, director of forensics, at cmckee@wtamu.edu.


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