WTAMU Forensics Team Prepares for International Competition

March 6, 2018

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

WTAMU Forensics Team Prepares for International Competition


CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University forensics team will travel to Montreal, Canada over spring break for its third international competition.

The WTAMU forensics team will compete against “teams that represent a variety of places and different universities than the normal competition,” Connie McKee, director of forensics, said.

The entire team will travel to Canada to compete at the International Forensic Association (IFA). The team will face three days of competition and will represent the University internationally for the third time in team history. Traveling with the team will be Lacy Cannon, instructor of communication.

Beth Thompson, graduate student and assistant coach, said the team’s performance at its most recent competition at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensic Association prepared them for the trip to Canada,

“This was a great practice for IFA, all of our tournaments require the same mindset,” she said. “This competition allowed the team to do so and compete to the best of their abilities. Freshman Ryan Clark of Amarillo has performed exceedingly well this year and is looking forward to experiencing a new culture during their team trip to Canada.”

The Buffs had a great weekend attending the Oklahoma State Tournament and were High Point Champions. Senior, Belle Elliott of Odessa competed in dramatic interpretation, placing sixth as well as competing in prose and placing second. Freshman Bailey McClure of Canyon placed third in dramatic interpretation and competed with senior Carlos Perez of Olton in duo interpretation for a second-place berth and a qualifying round toward district competition.

Another qualifier was freshman Corrie Allen of Canyon, who took first place in poetry. Senior Caroline Vick of Abernathy also made her qualifying round in communication analysis, placing second. Vick also competed in impromptu speaking and placed third. Freshman Josiah Atkinson of Beaumont competed in multiple events including impromptu speaking, placing sixth, after dinner speaking, placing fourth and informative speaking for a third place. Clark also competed in multiple events including prose, placing third, impromptu, fourth, after dinner speaking, placing third, communication analysis, placing fourth and program oral interpretation for second.

For more information about the team’s upcoming competition at IFA, contact Cannon lcannon@wtamu.edu or McKee cmckee@wtamu.edu.



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