SIC Forensic Falcons are 2020 Illinois State Champions

March 3, 2020

Southeastern Illinois College’s Forensic Falcons were named overall state champions in the community college division at the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensic Association March 1, earning both first place in the team individual events category and third in the team debate category.

The Falcons also earned the George Armstrong traveling perpetual sweepstakes award for cumulative success over time. SIC is only the second community college to ever receive this prestigious award, which began in 1993.

Local students Tucker Murphy, Billy Lewis, Bradley Frailey, Kenzee Dycus, Jacob Rice, Addie Mays, Tiffany Turner, Kale Rister, Nick Triplett, and William Pugsley earned state championships at the event, which was hosted by Illinois Central College in Peoria, Illinois.

Tucker Murphy, Bradley Frailey, Jacob Rice, Billy Lewis, and Jasmine Teston also received open finals awards, which means they placed among the top 6 overall competitors from any college or university in the state.

“Our team has invested literally hundreds of hours in their events and in their teammates’ events,” noted Director of Forensics Jenny Billman. “To perform well in a deeply talented state means a lot to us.”

In one of the last events of the season, the team will hold a public performance Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the George T. Dennis Visual and Performing Arts Center on SIC’s Harrisburg campus. Tickets are a minimum donation of $5 and will support the team traveling to the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tickets can be purchased directly from team members or at the door.

Individual results from the tournament are as follows. Awards are in the two-year division unless otherwise noted. The team is coached by Jenny Billman, Dr. Tyler Billman, and Paul Cummins.

Tucker Murphy, Golconda -- State champion in OPEN duo interpretation (with partner Bradley Frailey), state champion in communication analysis, 2nd individual sweepstakes, 2nd speech to entertain, 3rd program oral interpretation

Billy Lewis, Carrier Mills -- State champion in duo interpretation (with partner Kale Rister), state champion in poetry interpretation, state champion in dramatic interpretation, 3rd individual sweepstakes, 4th OPEN prose finals

Bradley Frailey, Harrisburg -- State champion in OPEN duo interpretation (with partner Tucker Murphy), 2nd program oral interpretation, 3rd poetry interpretation, 4th individual sweepstakes, 5th speech to entertain

Kenzee Dycus, Mount Vernon -- State champion in oratory, 2nd informative speaking, 4th OPEN speech to entertain, 4th communication analysis, 5th individual sweepstakes

Jacob Rice, Marion -- State champion in parliamentary debate (with partner William Pugsley), semifinialist IPDA debate, 2nd extemporaneous speaking, 3rd speaker IPDA debate, 5th place OPEN extemporaneous speaking

Addie Mays, Mount Vernon -- State champion in informative speaking, 2nd communication analysis, 3rd oratory

Tiffany Turner, Galatia -- State champion in program oral interpretation, 2nd poetry interpretation, 5th prose interpretation

Kale Rister, Carrier Mills -- State champion in duo interpretation (with partner Billy Lewis), 5th poetry interpretation

Nick Triplett, Galatia -- State champion in extemporaneous speaking, state champion in IPDA speaker awards, semifinialist in IPDA debate, 34d in impromptu speaking

William Pugsley, Carmi -- State champion in parliamentary debate (with partner Jacob Rice)

Jasmine Teston, Harrisburg -- 3rd communication analysis, 3rd prose interpretation, 4th dramatic interpretation, 6th OPEN oratory

Collin Sexton, Norris City -- 3rd extemporaneous speaking, 4th informative speaking

Alex Peebels, Carrier Mills -- 4th speech to entertain, top novice in informative speaking

Shainna Ralston, Eldorado -- 4th oratory