University of Kentucky Forensics traveled to Gateway Community and Technical College in Florence, Kentucky on Friday February 21st to take part in the annual Kentucky Forensics Association championship speech and debate tournament. This event featured competition from nine schools across the commonwealth including nationally ranked Western Kentucky University and Berea College.
UK placed third in the Grand Championship Sweepstakes which combines points earned in public speaking and debate. As part of this victory, the team placed 2nd in the large school division of individual event sweepstakes and second in the large school division of debate sweepstakes. This more than doubled UK’s performance at the state tournament from the previous year.
Senior Zach Shinall was awarded the Harlan Hamm Award for his dedication and service to forensics during his time as a collegiate competitor. This award is given annually to four graduating seniors who exemplify the spirit of forensics competition in the commonwealth.
“Zach has been instrumental in starting the team here at UK” says Director of Forensics Timothy Bill. “His concern for his teammates and his determination to constantly improving as a speaker have made him an ideal competitor. I can’t think of anyone who is more deserving of this award.”
Bill was awarded Coach of the Year by the Kentucky Forensics Association. This recognition is determined by a vote of the competitors from all teams attending the state tournament. Director Bill received this award for his work establishing and growing forensics at UK.
In addition to these accolades, members of the UK Forensics Team were elected to officer positions within the Kentucky Forensics Association. Director Bill assumed the office of president after serving as the organization’s vice president for the past year. Sophomore Abel Rodriguez III was chosen by his peers to serve as the student president and freshmen Sam Northrup was elected student treasurer.
The University of Kentucky was also selected as the location for next year’s state championship tournament. As host, UK will welcome collegiate forensics teams from all across the commonwealth in February of 2015.
The following individual successes contributed to the team’s outstanding performance at the Kentucky State Championship Tournament:
Individual Sweepstakes 2nd Place – Dianté Elcock 4th Place – Abel Rodriguez III 6th Place – Zach Shinall Top Novice – Dianté Elcock
After Dinner Speaking 5th Place – Dianté Elcock 6th Place – Zach Shinall
Duo Interpretation 4th Place – Zach Shinall and Dianté Elcock
Editorial Impromptu Speaking 6th Place – Sam Northrup Top Novice – Sam Northrup
Extemporaneous Speaking 3rd Place – Abel Rodriguez III
Impromptu Speaking 5th Place – Sam Northrup Top Novice – Sam Northrup
Informative Speaking 4th Place – Zach Shinall
Radio Broadcasting 5th Place – Sam Northrup
Parliamentary Debate 6th Place Novice Speaker – Sam Northrup 10th Place Open Speaker – Abel Rodriguez III
Persuasive Speaking 3rd Place – Abel Rodriguez III 7th Place – Sam Northrup
Program Oral Interpretation 2nd Place – Dianté Elcock 5th Place – Ryan Winstead Top Novice – Dianté Elcock
UK Forensics is a student organization within the College of Communication and Information. For more information, please contact Director Timothy Bill at email@example.com. The team’s next competition will be the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 20th-23rd in Indianapolis, IN. Go Wildcats!