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Fraser tops in impromptu speaking

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The Western Kentucky University Forensics Team won the 2012 Kentucky State forensics tournament Feb. 18, keeping alive a streak that began in 1990. This year’s tournament, hosted at Berea College, featured teams from all across the Commonwealth participating in speech and debate events.

The team also won the state championship in debate sweepstakes and the state championship in individual events sweepstakes.  The state tournament also recognizes the individual success of students competing in at least four events: the quadrathon award.  WKU received all of the top four rankings, with freshman Ellis Fraser, a LaRue County High School graduate, placing fourth. In all, the team earned 14 individual state championships.

Fraser was named state champion in impromptu speaking, fourth in after-dinner speaking and fourth in poetry interpretation.