WKU hosts a number of events each year. Below you will find a column of annual forensic tournaments and a column of public showcases of our own forensic team.

All tournaments that we host require you to have a Speechwire account for online registration. This has become standard among collegiate programs, and is becoming increasingly popular in high school and junior high programs. You can create that account at the following URL: https://www.speechwire.com/c-account-create.php




WKU/Alumni Fall Tmnt – Sept 21-23

Winner of the 2016 WKU/Alumni Alexis Elliott L-D Round Robin, Audrey Weber, from Central Michigan University
The WKU/Alumni Fall Tournament rolls together an invite-only L-D round robin, an Open L-D tournament, and two IE tournaments into one weekend. We offer novice divisions in L-D debate, and top novice awards in IEs. Last year’s overall team sweepstakes champion for individual events and debate was Illinois State University. The overall individual events champion was the University of Alabama. And the second place in quadrathon, from Illinois State University, was Jackson Sanders.

Online registration: (if you are staying for IEs on Sunday, also register for Sunday as a separate tournament)
Parli, Day 1 IE, and L-D: register Fri/Sat
Day 2 IE: register Sunday


Junior Hilltopper Classic – Dec 1

Ballot table from the 2016 Junior Hilltopper Classic
The Junior Hilltopper Classic is an annual junior high speech tournament, providing competition in all junior high KHSSL events. Last year’s team sweepstakes champion was SCAPA Bluegrass.

Registration: Junior Hilltopper Classic online registration


Senior Hilltopper Classic – Dec 8

Awards ceremony from the 2016 WKU Hilltopper Classic
The Senior Hilltopper Classic is our annual high school speech tournament and debate, providing competition in all senior high KHSSL IE events, including Student Congress and Public Forum debate. Last year’s team sweepstakes champion was Danville High School.

Registration: Hilltopper Classic online registration



Queer & Here: A Night of LGBTQIA+ Performance

Poster for the LGBTQ showcase
WKU Forensics is coming out with its first annual QUEER AND HERE: A night of LGBTQIA+ Performance. The second of five showcases for 2018-19, this free show will include performances from the WKU Forensic Team, a presentation from the Queer Student Union, and an original story from student Francis Wilson. We would love to have you join us for this inaugural free event on 12 November 2018 at DSU 3020.


The Black Excellence Exposition

Poster for 2019 Black Excellence Exposition
The original minority voice showcase, the 2019 BEE is a free public showcase of dance and choir, and performances of poetry, prose, and public speaking from the WKU Forensic Team, creating Black History. Hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, featuring the Amazing Tones of Joy, the WKU Major Redz, and KAOIS Dance Team.







Bodies: Reclaiming Sexual Autonomy

Poster for Bodies: Reclaiming Sexual Autonomy
This public showcase on recovering from sexual trauma features performances by members of the WKU Forensic Team and a discussion from Hope Harbor, Inc. Pay what you can (~$2-5) or hygiene products like feminine pads or socks; money will go to HH, and items to Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc. DSU Auditorium 7:15 PM, after SGA.


The LatinX Performance Celebration

Poster for LatinX Performance Celebration
The LatinX Performance Celebration, co-hosted by WKU HOLAS, features voices from one of WKU’s least represented groups. Both political and culturally celebratory, the LPC offers a stage for voices that need to be heard. 13 March 2019, in DSU 3020.