Falcons Crush the Competition at Kishwaukee

November 10, 2014

Southeastern Illinois College’s Forensic Falcons speech team claimed top honors at this weekend’s Corn Classic invitational hosted by Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois, the first tournament of their competitive season. SIC advanced 100 percent of their competition entries to elimination rounds, which is a significant accomplishment for any speech team.  In addition to the team championship, SIC brought home five individual championships and the individual sweepstakes (best overall speaker) championship.

SIC captured the team title with 132 points. Moraine Valley finished second with 82 points, and Harper College finished third at 81 points. Other schools in the top five included Prairie State and Illinois Central College.

Director of Forensics Paul Cummins remarks, “This tournament is a promising start for the team and is proof that the activity continues to reward quality over quantity.”

With 18 schools in attendance at the Corn Classic, this start to the competitive season looks promising for the Forensic Falcons. SIC Forensics bested Harper College, Moraine Valley Community College, College of DuPage, and many others throughout the state of Illinois.

Individual results from the tournament are as follows for the Falcons:

Sarah Birkla (Crossville): tournament champion in individual sweepstakes, second place in dramatic interpretation, second place in prose interpretation, third place in duo interpretation (with partner Alexis Kuhlman), and fourth place in communication analysis.

Meredith Wolf (Harrisburg): tournament champion in communication analysis, tournament champion in persuasive speaking, and tournament champion in prose interpretation.

Dylan Comer (Carrier Mills): tournament champion in duo interpretation (with partner Preston Boone), second place in program oral interpretation, and third place in poetry interpretation.

Preston Boone (Harrisburg): tournament champion in duo interpretation (with partner Dylan Comer), fourth place in poetry interpretation, and fifth place in communication analysis.

Alexis Kuhlman (Harrisburg): tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with partner Sarah Birkla).

Kelsey Bartok (Eldorado): second place in informative speaking.

Other team members who did not attend the tournament are Kayla Malone of Benton and Sydney Hancock of Stonefort.