WTAMU Forensics Team Finishes in Top Three at Competition

Oct. 4, 2018

CONTACT:    Connie McKee, 806-651-2415, cmckee@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Forensics Team Finishes in Top Three at Competition


CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M forensics team finished in the top three overall after a speech competition in Durant, Okla. The team had a successful weekend earning a third-place sweepstakes and one student qualifying for the national tournament.

Freshman Cassie King of Stamford earned a spot at the national tournament in poetry after back-to-back wins. King also placed first in after dinner speaking. King was joined by Ryan Clark of Amarillo and Belle Elliot of Odessa WTAMU Forensic Teamto place in the top six in poetry.

“Qualifying for the American Forensic Association national tournament is an honor. I’m very blessed to be surrounded by an amazing team and coaches who have supported me so much” King said.    

King was not the only team member to place first on day one. Duncan Miertschin of Amarillo earned a win in persuasive speaking, followed by Clark. On day two, Miertschin placed second in persuasive.

Clark advanced to the Semi-finals in impromptu speaking and was named a top individual speaker in the Sweepstakes.

Sara Ledesma of Canyon placed first in prose and Caitlin Bartz, also of Canyon, placed in the top six. Ledesma competed with Bailey McClure of Canyon to place third in duo interpretation on day one and fourth on day two.

The next competition is scheduled for Oct. 6-7 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., where the team will be co-host the tournament. For more information about the WTAMU forensic team, contact Connie McKee, director, at cmckee@wtamu.edu.


Cutline: First row, left to right: Bethany Thompson, graduate assistant; Belle Elliot, Caitlin Bartz
Second row, left to right: Cassie King, Bailey McClure, Katie Stringer, graduate assistant; Sara Ledesma, Aspen Perry
Third row, left to right: Ryan Clark, Duncan Miertschin, graduate assistant Matthew Anderson.


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