KC’s Perkins named Novice Champ at Forensics tourney

At the 32nd annual Novice National Tournament held at Northern Illinois University on March 15 and 16, Kishwaukee College first year Forensics team member Hayden Perkins of DeKalb became the Novice National Champion in Dramatic Interpretation.

To become National Champion, Perkins competed against and beat competitors from Eastern Michigan University, University of Western Florida, Prairie State College and University of Louisiana.

The Kishwaukee College team placed fourth overall.

“This is the first time Kishwaukee has competed in the Novice Nationals Tournament,” Coach Chase Budziak said in a news release. “Novice Nationals is a tournament that is only for college students who are in their first year of competition. Our team beat many well-known and nationally recognized community colleges and four-year universities.”

In addition to the fourth-place team finish and Perkins’ National Championship, Perkins also placed fourth in Prose Interpretation. Kishwaukee College Forensic Team members who participated and contributed to the winning overall team effort were: Kendal Baker, Shabbona; Tania Hernandez, DeKalb; Hayden Perkins, DeKalb; Sydney Klein, Oregon; and Alex Wragg, DeKalb.

Prior to the Novice Nationals Tournament, the Forensics team competed in the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament held at Bradley University in Peoria on Feb. 28 through March 1. Two members qualified as State Finalists: Kendal Baker finished in fourth place in Informative Speaking and Hayden Perkins finished in fifth place in Dramatic Interpretation.

The Kishwaukee College Forensics team coaches are Chase Budziak, director of Forensics, and Kacy Abeln, assistant director of Forensics.

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