UK Forensics Retains Tournament Grand Champion Title at Berea

This release was prepared and written by Director of Forensics, Timothy Bill.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 7, 2015) – UK Forensics retains its title as Grand Champion of the John G. Fee memorial tournament hosted annually by Berea College. The tournament, which features competition in both individual speaking events as well as debate, awards the title of Grand Champion to the team with the most sweepstakes points from those two halves of the tournament. The team also won the large school division of debate sweepstakes as part of this overall team award.

In addition to the team successes, many individual competitors achieved personal bests at this tournament. Members of UK Forensics won four different event categories and earned an equal number of qualifications for the National Forensic Association national tournament in April. Senior Abel Rodriguez III also placed fourth in the individual sweepstakes competition for public speaking events.


Students from UK also achieved the following successes:


After Dinner Speaking

            2nd Place – Abel Rodriguez III


Duo Interpretation

            3rd Place – Rachel Brase and Megan Wagner

            4th Place – Dianté Elcock and Kaylon Kennedy

            6th Place – Abel Rodriguez III and Megan Wagner


Impromptu Counseling

            1st Place – Abel Rodriguez III

            4th Place – Megan Wagner


Impromptu Speaking

            1st Place – Abel Rodriguez III

            4th Place – Logan Hurley


Novice Parliamentary Debate

            1st Place – Dianté Elcock and Veronica Scott

            Quarterfinalists – Matt Karijolic and Talha Muhammad

            2nd Place Speaker – Veronica Scott

            3rd Place Speaker – Matt Karijolic


Novice Public Debate

            1st Place – Dianté Elcock

            Quarterfinalist – Matt Karijolic

            3rd Place Speaker – Dianté Elcock


Open Parliamentary Debate

            Semifinalists – Logan Hurley and Abel Rodriguez III

            2nd Place Speaker – Abel Rodriguez III


Open Public Debate

            Quarterfinalist – Logan Hurley

            Quarterfinalist – Kaylon Kennedy

            3rd Place Speaker – Logan Hurley

            4th Place Speaker – Kaylon Kennedy


Persuasive Speaking

            6th Place – Sam Northrup


Poetry Interpretation

            7th Place – Dianté Elcock


The University of Kentucky Forensics Team’s next competition will be the Chief Justice Invitational held at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia on October 31 and November 1. UK Forensics is a student organization in the School of Information Science. The team competes in twelve different public speaking events and three forms of  debate. To find out more about our squad, please visit