March 18, 2015

Southeastern Illinois College’s Forensic Falcons claimed seven individual championships at the 2015 JV National Tournament in Manhattan, Kansas, clinching the second place team title.

Twenty out of 23 SIC entries finished among the top six in their respective events.

SIC Sophomore Meredith Wolf earned special distinction as the tournament’s top overall speaker at the tournament after winning three events and finishing fifth in another.

“It feels great to be a national champion,” Wolf remarked. “It feels like being rewarded for all of my hard work.”

Tyler Billman, Assistant Director of Forensics, explained that the JV National Tournament presents a significant opportunity for the Falcons to compare their entries against entries from across the nation.

The Falcons travel again this weekend to the Phi Rho Pi regional tournament in Crystal Lake, Illinois in preparation for the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio, April 6-11.

The team will perform some of their award-winning speeches for the public on April 2 at 7 p.m. in the George T. Dennis Visual & Performing Arts Center at SIC, as part of SIC’s annual “Night Before Nationals” event. Tickets are available for a $5 minimum donation and can be purchased in SIC’s VPAC lobby prior to the show.  Proceeds will help with travel costs for the team’s national Phi Rho Pi tournament.

Individual results from the tournament are as follows.

Meredith Wolf (Harrisburg): 1st in Individual Sweepstakes, 1st in Persuasive Speaking, 1st in After Dinner Speaking, 1st in Communication Analysis, and 5th in Prose Interpretation.

Preston Boone (Harrisburg): 1st in Poetry, 2nd in Program Oral Interpretation, 3rd in Individual Sweepstakes, 3rd in Duo Interpretation, 4th in Communication Analysis.

Dylan Comer (Carrier Mills):  1st in Program Oral Interpretation, 2nd in Poetry, 3rd in Duo Interpretation, 3rd in After Dinner Speaking, and 4th in Individual Sweepstakes.

Alexis Kulhmann (Harrisburg): 1st in Dramatic Interpretation, 1st in Duo Interpretation, 3rd in Prose Interpretation, 5th in Individual Sweeps Individual Sweepstakes, and 6th in After Dinner Speaking.

Sarah Birkla (Crossvillle): 1st in Duo Interpretation, 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation, 5th in Communication Analysis, and 7th in Individual Sweep Individual Sweepstakes.

Kelsey Bartok (Eldorado): 2nd in Informative Speaking, 3rd in Persuasive Speaking, 3rd in Communication Analysis, and 10th in Individual Sweepstakes.



Written by Jennifer Billman for SIC Information