Western Kentucky University Forensics Team won the 2021 Kentucky Forensic Association State Tourn­a­­ment hosted Feb. 10-14 virtually by Western Kentucky University.

In the 13 speech categories, Hilltopper students captured 12 state titles. Sophomore Jo Headrick was recognized as the tournament’s top competitor in speech for her success across four different events.

Western Kentucky University also swept both debate events, including a program first close-out of the semifinal, top four, of Parliamentary, NPDA, debate. Seven students won speaker awards in debate, including junior Madelynn Einhorn, who was named the top speaker in NPDA Debate and sophomore Miles Morton who won top speaker in International Public Debate, IPDA.

In recognition of these collective efforts, Western topped the large school sweepstakes category in individual events and debate and ultimately was crowned the Kentucky Forensics Association Grand Champion for the 29th consecutive year.

The team next will compete at a virtual tournament hosted by McKendree University.

Results from the Kentucky Forensics Association State Tournament include:


NPDA Speaker Awards: Symone Whalin of Sonora, seventh.

NPDA: Miles Morton and Symone Whalin, Co-State Champions.


Poetry: Stefani Giles of Hodgenville, fifth.

Program Oral Interpretation: Stefani Giles, fourth.