Braving the blowing cold and snow, the University of Kentucky Forensics Team competed across town at Transylvania University in their annual WYRD Invitational speech and debate tournament. After being postponed in December due to winter weather, this two day tournament featured competition from across the tri-state area in sixteen different event categories.
In a proverbial photo finish, UK Forensics took 2nd Place in team sweepstakes behind Berea College by a mere 10 points out of over 950 awarded to teams throughout the weekend. Additionally, Abel Rodriguez and Zach Shinall earned 2nd and 4th place respectively in individual sweepstakes. To earn an individual sweepstakes award, a student must compete in at least five events.
The following successes contributed to the team’s excellent performance at this tournament:
Team Awards 2nd Place – Team Sweepstakes
Individual Sweepstakes 2nd Place – Abel Rodriguez III 4th Place – Zach Shinall
After Dinner Speaking 1st Place – Zach Shinall 2nd Place – Abel Rodriguez III 5th Place – Dianté Elcock
Communication Analysis 3rd Place – Ryan Winstead
Drama Interpretation 1st Place – Abel Rodriguez III 2nd Place – Dianté Elcock
Editorial Impromptu Speaking 2nd Place – Abel Rodriguez III 3rd Place – Zach Shinall 5th Place – Sam Northrup
Extemporaneous Speaking 1st Place – Abel Rodriguez III 3rd Place – Zach Shinall
Impromptu Speaking 5th Place – Sam Northrup
Informative Speaking 1st Place – Zach Shinall 2nd Place – Logan Hurley
Persuasive Speaking 1st Place – Sam Northrup 2nd Place – Abel Rodriguez III 3rd Place – Brynne Reilly
Program Oral Interpretation 1st Place – Dianté Elcock 4th Place – Ryan Winstead
Prose Interpretation 6th Place – Logan Hurley
Parliamentary Debate 2nd Place – Logan Hurley & Abel Rodriguez III Quarterfinalists – Zach Shinall & Ryan Winstead
Parliamentary Debate Speakers 2nd Place – Zach Shinall 8th Place – Abel Rodriguez III
Novice Parliamentary Debate Speakers 8th Place – Sam Northrup 10th Place – Brynne Reilly
The University of Kentucky’s next competition will be the Kentucky State Championship tournament hosted by Gateway Community and Technical College in Florence, KY, February 21st-22nd. Go Wildcats!