Southeastern Illinois College’s Forensic Falcons were named tournament champions at this weekend’s Gail Shadwell Invitational Tournament in Elgin, Illinois. The team advanced 29 out of 35 events to tournament final rounds to secure the top team prize. The Falcons also brought home individual championships in after dinner speaking, communication analysis, program oral interpretation, and persuasion.
The Falcons also earned the Quality Sweepstakes, which is determined by calculating the total number of team sweeps points divided by the number of events entered at the tournament. The Quality Sweepstakes award reflects consistent excellence across the entire team.
Dr. Tyler Billman, a coach for the Falcons, explains, “The students pushed themselves to put together a large entry, and as the results show, our quality was also in top form.”
Sophomore Tucker Murphy agrees. “We worked hard as a team before and during the tournament, and it paid off,” he explains. “We couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of our coaches and each other.”
The team will compete next at the College of DuPage Jan. 16-18 in Glenn Ellyn, Illinois. Each tournament serves as preparation for the 2020 Phi Rho Pi National Tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The team is coached by Jenny Billman, Dr. Tyler Billman, and Paul Cummins.
Individual results from the tournament are as follows.
Tucker Murphy (Golconda): 1st after dinner speaking, 2nd program oral interpretation, 2nd communication analysis, 2nd individual sweepstakes
Addie Mays (Mount Vernon): 1st communication analysis, 2nd prose interpretation
Bradley Frailey (Harrisburg): 1st program oral interpretation, 2nd after dinner speaking
Kenzee Dycus (Mount Vernon): 1st persuasion, 4th informative speaking
Shainna Ralston (Eldorado): 2rd persuasion, 2nd dramatic interpretation
Jacob Rice (Marion): 2nd impromptu speaking, 7th extemporaneous speaking
Billy Lewis (Carrier Mills): 3rd duo interpretation (with partner Kale Rister), 3rd poetry interpretation, 5th prose interpretation, 6thdramatic interpretation
Jasmine Teston (Harrisburg): 3nd communication analysis, 3rd prose interpretation, 3rd dramatic interpretation
Nick Triplett (Galatia): 3rd informative speaking, 4th impromptu speaking, 4th extemporaneous speaking
Kale Rister (Carrier Mills): 3rd duo interpretation (with Lewis), 4th dramatic interpretation
William Pugsley (Carmi): 3rd impromptu speaking
Alex Peebels (Carrier Mills): 5th after dinner speaking
Tiffany Turner (Galatia): 6th prose interpretation, 6th poetry interpretation
Collin Sexton (Norris City): 6th extemporaneous speaking