The Southeastern Illinois College Forensic Falcons represented southern Illinois wellthis month at the national community college speech tournament, Phi Rho Pi, in Daytona Beach, Florida, earning a gold medal inindividual events and a silver medal overall for their division.
“This team realized their potential at exactly the right time. They proved to be small, but mighty,” said Dr. Tyler Billman, coach.
The 2018 national tournament marks the end of the Falcons’ 2017-18 season. SIC’s Forensic Falcons have a long history of success, placing first in overall national competition in 1986, 1997, and 2005. The team is coached by Paul Cummins, Jenny Billman and Dr. Tyler Billman.
“Our coaches are very skilled in what they do, very experienced and really know what they’re doing, and they really push us harder than anyone I’ve ever met,” Valdez explained with a chuckle. “They help us to grow not just as performers, but aspeople.”
That tenacity Valdez spoke of earned Director of Forensics Paul Cummins a prestigious award this year at Phi Rho Pi. Cummins won a service award at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament, recognizing his decades of service to forensics and to the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament. Since 2009, Cummins has been one of the key coaches in the country to help run the tournament for hundreds of students.
- Kaydee Dycus, Mt. Vernon — Silver in Dramatic Interp, Bronze in Communication Analysis, Bronze in Prose, Warren-Dahlin Fellowship Award
- Cheriaca Huntley, Carrier Mills — Silver in Speech to Entertain, Bronze in Dramatic Interpretation, Bronze in Poetry
- Donovyn Valdez, Carrier Mills — Gold in Prose Interpretation, Bronze in Communication Analysis
- Angelica Harrelson, Eldorado — Silver in Communication Analysis, Bronze in Prose
- Chanse Tullis, Springerton — Gold in Prose
- Braden Cummins, Carrier Mills — Silver in Program Oral Interpretation
- Jordan Fricks, Eldorado — Bronze in Informative Speaking