SIC Forensic Falcons Named Harper Tournament Champions

February 21, 2014

SIC’s Forensic Falcons took top honors at last weekend’s Harper College invitational in Palatine, Ill., earning both the overall team championship and six individual event titles. Southeastern also earned the individual events championship and quality award at the tournament for having the highest percentage of finalists per entries.

With 454 tournament points, Southeastern finished 310 points ahead of the second place team from the College of DuPage. Casper College, Prairie State College, and Illinois Central College rounded out the top five schools.

Sophomore Corrine McDaniel was named the individual sweepstakes champion at the tournament for earning the best results of any competitor at the tournament. “This tournament has shown me that hard work really does pay off,” McDaniel noted.

Individual results from the tournament are as follows.

Corrine McDaniel of Harrisburg – Tournament champion in individual sweepstakes, tournament champion in informative speaking, tournament champion in group communication, 2nd in communication analysis, 4th in persuasive speaking, 5th in prose interpretation

Meredith Wolf of Harrisburg – Tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, 3rd in individual sweepstakes, 3rd in communication analysis, 4th in duo interpretation (with Comer)

Hannah Rudin of St. Louis – Tournament champion in poetry, 2nd in duo interpretation (with Hanks), 5th in group communication, 5th in individual sweepstakes

Sarah Birkla of Crossville – Tournament champion in program oral interpretation, 3rd in duo interpretation (with Ingram), 5th in speech to entertain, 7th in individual sweepstakes

Benjamin McGuire of Eldorado – Tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking, 2nd in impromptu speaking

Zachary Hanks of Harrisburg – 2nd in dramatic interpretation, 2nd in duo interpretation (with Rudin)

Tre Ingram of Harrisburg– 2nd in program oral interpretation, 3rd in duo interpretation (with Birkla)

Jeremiah Brown of Harrisburg – 3rd in dramatic interpretation, 3rd in persuasive speaking, 4th in prose interpretation

Nicole York of Shawneetown – 3rd in extemporaneous speaking, 5th in communication analysis

Dylan Comer of Carrier Mills – 4th in duo interpretation (with Wolfe), 4th in dramatic interpretation, 5th in poetry

Hannah Rodgers of Harrisburg – 6th in poetry, 6th in persuasive speaking

The Forensic Falcons travel next to the state tournament as they continue preparing for the Phi Rho Pi national tournament April 7-12 in Denver, Colo.