The University of Kentucky Forensics Team traveled to Berea, Kentucky this past weekend to compete in the Friendly Swing Speech and Debate Tournament, jointly hosted by Berea College and the University of the Cumberlands. This tournament featured competition from a dozen schools including the nationally ranked teams of Western Kentucky University and Eastern Michigan University.
The University of Kentucky Forensics Team earned the title of Grand Champion for the entire two day tournament. This title is awarded to the visiting team that earns the most points from competition in both days of individual events and parliamentary debate. The team also received 1st Place in the large school division of debate sweepstakes and 3rd Place in the large school division of individual events team sweepstakes on Saturday.
Over the course of the weekend, members of the UK Forensics Team earned the following distinctions:
Friday Individual Events and Parliamentary Debate
After Dinner Speaking Diante Elcock – 2nd Place, 2nd Place Top Novice
Extemporaneous Speaking Jacob Kinman – 6th Place
Parliamentary Debate Abel Rodriguez & Logan Hurley – Open Division Semifinalists Zach Shinall & Ryan Winstead – Open Division Quarterfinalists Brynne Reilly & Samuel Northrup – Novice Division Semifinalists
Parliamentary Debate Speaking Awards Abel Rodriguez – 2nd Place Open Division Speaker Zach Shinall – 6th Place Open Division Speaker Samuel Northrup – 2nd Place Novice Division Speaker
Saturday Individual Events
After Dinner Speaking Diante Elcock - 1st Place, Top Novice Zach Shinall - 2nd Place
Drama Interpretation Diante Elcock - 2nd Place, Top Novice
Extemporaneous Speaking Abel Rodriguez - 2nd Place Zach Shinall - 5th Place Samuel Northrup - 6th Place, Top Novice Ryan Winstead - Semifinalist
Impromptu Speaking Zach Shinall - 2nd Place
Persuasive Speaking Abel Rodriguez - 1st Place
Program Oral Interpretation Ryan Winstead - 2nd Place
Thank you to the teams of Berea College and the University of the Cumberlands for hosting a great tournament! The University of Kentucky Forensics Team’s next competition will be the Chief Justice Invitational hosted by Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, on October 25th and 26th.