PSC Forensics Team Earns Several Medals and Member Wins Three National Titles [04/14/2021]
The Prairie State College (PSC) Forensics Team competed in a number of tournaments over the spring 2021 semester. Despite limitations associated with the pandemic, the team persevered, earning several medals, with individual successes including a PSC student earning three national titles at the Phi Rho Pi National Speech Tournament held April 5-11, 2021.
A round-up of tournaments, awards, and individual successes are as follows.
Region4 Affiliated Forensics League #6
The PSC Speech Team competed at the Region4 Affiliated Forensics League #6 on Saturday, February 13, 2021. They earned a silver medal (2nd place) in Individual Events Sweepstakes and a silver medal (2nd place) in Overall Sweepstakes. PSC student Andrew Malone of South Holland earned a gold medal in Speech to Entertain, a gold medal in Dramatic Interpretation, and a silver medal in Poetry Interpretation. Malone is also a silver medalist in Individual Sweepstakes.
PSC speech team member Ahmon Williams of Glenwood also represented PSC at the tournament.
Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association
On March 5 and 6, 2021, the forensics team competed in the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament. Individual results include Malone, who earned Top Novice and 2nd place in Open Dramatic Interpretation, 1st place in Two-Year Speech to Entertain, 6th place in Two-Year Poetry Interpretation, and 4th place in Two-Year Individual Sweepstakes.
PSC speech team member Suzanne Parker of Thornton also represented PSC at the tournament.
Region4 Affiliated Forensics League #7
The team also competed at the Region4 Affiliated Forensics League #7 on Saturday, March 20, 2021, where they earned a bronze medal (3rd place) in individual events sweepstakes. Individual results include Malone, who earned a silver medal in Speech to Entertain and a silver medal in Dramatic Interpretation.
PSC speech team member Parker also represented PSC at the tournament.
Phi Rho Pi National Speech Tournament
Malone and Parker competed at the Phi Rho Pi National Speech Tournament April 5-11, 2021. PSC earned a Silver Award (second place) in their division in Individual Events Sweepstakes and a Bronze Award (third place) in their division in Overall Sweepstakes (individual events and debate combined).
Malone earned a Silver Award (second place) in the Top Overall Speaker Award. He also earned three gold medals (National Champion) in Dramatic Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, and Speech to Entertain.
The team is coached by co-directors and PSC Professors of Communication Joshua Green and Dana Trunnell. Due to the pandemic, all competitions were hosted virtually this semester. However, that did not stop the team from performing at “their best,” said Trunnell.
“We are so proud of our students and what they were able to accomplish this season,” said Trunnell. “The pivot from in-person tournaments to virtual competitions was challenging. However, we maintained an exciting team atmosphere, and our students remained motivated and focused. Their hard work made the difference, and we applaud the team on a job well done.”