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SIC Forensic Falcons win big at Regional tournament

SIC Speech Regionals

Front row l-r: Cassidy Maynard, Alli Haley, Zeb Sanderson, Cassandra Watkins, Kelsey Bartok, Rachel Hooven. Back row: Carrice McDaniel, Adam Wasson, Britta Suits, Caleb Abbott, Preston Boone, Gabe Motsinger, Shay Wood, Haley Rushing

The Southeastern Illinois College Forensic Falcons won the Phi Rho Pi Region IV tournament this weekend held at Elgin Community College.  SIC’s speech squad took over 70% of their events into finals winning the top gold medal in contention with Harper College receiving the other gold.


SIC took the top four places in individual sweeps, second in debate sweeps, and first in individual events.


Carmi’s Alli Haley brought home a gold medal in Dramatic Interpretation, silver in Speech to Entertain, and Bronze in Duo Interp with partner Zeb Sanderson of Harrisburg.


Britta Suits of Broughton earned a gold medal in both Extemporaneous Speaking and International Public Debate and a silver medal in impromptu, earning fourth in individual sweeps.


Other team members receiving awards were:

Cassandra Watkins, Harrisburg – Silver, Speech to Entertain; Gold, Informative; Silver, Extemporaneous

Cassidy Maynard, Harrisburg – Silver, Communication Analysis; Gold, Poetry; Bronze, Persuasion; Silver, Informative; 3rd Individual Sweeps

Preston Boone, Harrisburg – Silver, Poetry; Silver, Duo Interpretation (with Gabe Motsinger); Silver, Speech to Entertain; Silver, Program Oral Interpretation; 2nd Individual Sweeps

Carrice McDaniel, Harrisburg – Silver, Communication Analysis; Silver, Persuasion; Gold, Speech to Entertain; Silver, Informative; 1st Individual Sweeps

Zeb Sanderson, Harrisburg – Gold, Prose; Silver, Dramatic Interpretation; Bronze, Duo Interpretation (with Alli Haley)

Gabe Motsinger, Carrier Mills – Silver, Duo (with Preston Boone); Gold, Program Oral Interpretation

Rachel Hooven, Harrisburg – Gold, Dramatic Interpretation

Adam Wasson, Herod – Silver, Prose; Gold, Duo Interpretation (with Caleb Abbott)

Shay Wood, Shawneetown – Bronze, Poetry; Bronze, Impromptu; Bronze, Dramatic Interpretation

Haley Rushing, Marion – Silver, Persuasion

Caleb Abbott, Benton – Silver, Communication Analysis; Gold, Duo (with Adam Wasson); Silver, Speech to Entertain


Coach Tyler Billman said that he was proud of the team’s performance and it was a good showing heading into next week’s national tournament competition in Costa Mesa, California.


You can see a showcase of some of these performances at the team’s Night Before Nationals in the George T. Dennis Visual and Performing Arts Center at Southeastern on Thursday night at 7pm.  Admission is a $5 donation at the door.