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KC Forensics finishes season, heads to nationals

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Kishwaukee College Forensics team finished up its season with a strong showing at the Regional Tournament held at Elgin Community College on March 22 and 23. The team will next compete in the Phi Rho Pi National Speech Tournament in Los Angeles on April 16 to 20. There will be a Forensics Showcase prior to Nationals held at Kishwaukee College from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday in the Theater (B-211). The performance contains adult content. The Forensics Showcase is free and open to the public.

Competing against all community colleges in the state at the regional tournament, the Kishwaukee team was awarded the Bronze Medal in Individual Events and the Silver in Parliamentary Debate.

Individual team members also received medals: Ai Lambogo, Bronze in Program Oral Interpretation and Bronze in Poetry Interpretation; Micayla Skonie, Bronze in Prose Interpretation and Silver in Parliamentary Debate; Ryan Newquist, Silver in Parliamentary Debate, Silver in Communication Analysis, and Silver in Dramatic Interpretation; Tyler Beall, Silver in Poetry Interpretation and Silver in Dramatic Interpretation; and Jimmy Clark, Silver in Impromptu Speaking. Clark also was the recipient of the John Haggerty Fellowship Award, given to a student elected by their peers from participating community colleges as the most friendly and helpful competitor in the region.

The team entered the regional tournament after an outstanding performance at the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament held at Northern Illinois University March 2 and 3. At that tournament, the team placed fifth in the Community College Division.

Individual honors at state included: Ai Lambogo, State Community College Champion in Impromptu Speaking; Ryan Newquist, State Community College Champion in Communication Analysis, third in Community College Dramatic Interpretation, and fourth in Community College Informative Speaking; Anna Miner, fifth in Community College Impromptu Speaking; Jimmy Clark, fourth in Community College Impromptu Speaking, fifth in Community College Communication Analysis, and fourth in Overall Community College Debater. Ai Lambogo and Tyler Beall, fifth in Community College Duo Interpretation. Anna Miner also placed fourth in University Informative Speaking, making her the fourth best Informative Speaker out of all the colleges and universities in the state of Illinois.

The Kishwaukee College Forensics team is coached by Chase Budziak, director of forensics, and Kacy Abeln, assistant director of forensics.

For more information on the forensics program at Kishwaukee College, contact Chase Budziak at 815-825-2086, ext. 6057, or at chase.budziak@kishwaukeecollege.edu.

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