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Forensics Team Scores First in Swing Tournament

Casper, Wyo.) - The Casper College Forensics team made off with a number of first and second place wins during a December swing tournament made up of two tournaments both held at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, Wyoming. During the first tournament, “Winter is Coming” hosted by Western, Casper took first place in sweepstakes with 149 points besting second place Colorado Christian by 40 points and third place University of Utah by 41. “Jordan Johnson, (assistant director of forensics), and I are very proud of our students. They competed admirably through a very long, tough schedule, and defeated some very good competition from schools all over the area including the University of Utah, Colorado Christian University and the U.S. Air Force Academy,” said Doug Hall, director of forensics. The second tournament, “Winter is Coming/Rustler Roundup,” was hosted by Central Wyoming College and Western. The Casper debaters again took first in team sweepstakes with 90 points, co-host Western took second with 83 and the University of Utah placed third with 72. Individual winnings for the first tournament were: Katie Stock (Douglas, Wyoming) fifth in informative speaking and third/top novice in communication analysis; Austin Guritza (Cheyenne, Wyoming) second in dramatic interpretation; Mark Caballero (Douglas, Wyoming) first/top novice in dramatic interpretation and sixth in prose interpretation; Adrienne Morstad-Wyatt (Basin, Wyoming) second in prose, third impromptu speaking and fifth Junior National Parliamentary Debate Association speaker points; Scarlett Miller, (Casper, Wyoming) second junior extemporaneous speaking, third/top novice informative, first junior impromptu, and octa-finalist parliamentary debate; Elaney Elliott, (Casper, Wyoming) fourth junior extemporaneous; Mason Briscoe (Wichita, Kansas) first junior parliamentary speaker points and sixth overall parliamentary speaker points; Lucas Davis (Gillette, Wyoming) first junior extemporaneous, third junior impromptu, first/top novice persuasion, third parliamentary speaker points, and octa-finals parliamentary debate; Bailey Patterson, (Casper, Wyoming) first/top novice poetry and second program oral interpretation; and Tyler Pierce (Casper, Wyoming) second open impromptu and octa finals parliamentary debate. For the second tournament individual winnings were: Stock third communication analysis, Guritza first dramatic interpretation, Caballero third dramatic interpretation and fifth prose interpretation, Morstad-Wyatt fourth prose, Miller third for both extemporaneous speaking and informative, Davis fifth extemporaneous and second for both impromptu and persuasion, Patterson first poetry and second program oral interpretation, and Pierce semi-finalist in international public debate. Overall sweepstakes top five were Casper with 239 points, the University of Utah 180, Colorado Christian University 173, Western 157, and Northwest College in Powell , Wyoming, 123. “We're very excited to have ended the first half of the 2015-2016 season on such a high note,” said Johnson, adding, “It gives us a lot of confidence going into the second half of the season, which includes our international and national tournaments.” #oilcity #news