During the last weekend in October, the forensics team traveled to Lee’s Summit, Mo., near Kansas City, to compete at the Central States Swing Forensics Tournament, which included two different tournaments on Oct. 30-31. North Central’s team took first place both days and six students placed in the finals—“an incredible feat,” says John Stanley, assistant professor of speech communication, assistant director of forensics and director of individual events.
The student finalists are Nicole Autry ’11, William Miller ’12, David Depino ’12, Colin Loeffler ’14, Nancy Guzman ’14 and Tristan Zemtseff ’14. They won individual contests in Informative, After Dinner Speaking, Impromptu, Extemporaneous, Persuasion and Communication Analysis.
“It was exciting to compete in an area outside our region and to see our students perform so well against schools we don’t normally see until Nationals,” said Stanley.
During the weekend of Nov. 6-7, three team members—Autry, Miller and Depino—attended the Bradley University Forensics Tournament in Peoria—the biggest tournament of the year before nationals with nearly 50 schools competing. All three students made it to the semi-finals in various events. Autry was in the Top 12 in Dramatic Interpretation, among 71 competitors. Depino made the Top 12 in Informative Speaking, among 90 students. Miller was in the Top 12 in Extemporaneous Speaking, included with 72 competitors.
Earlier in the term, the team competed at tournaments at University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison, UW-Whitewater, Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University and at home. The team’s novices, students competing in their first and second year, traveled to Moraine Valley Community College where they placed fourth as a team.
The term winds down during week 10 with a set of tournaments at UW-Madison and UW-Whitewater and at College of Lake County during D-Term.
The students competing and placing on the team are majoring in speech communication, psychology, chemistry, history and Japanese.
Photo: Taken at the Central States Swing Tournament, l. to r., William Miller '12, Nicole Autry '11, Colin Loeffler '14, faculty coach John Stanley, assistant coach Renee Moseley '09, Nancy Guzman '14, Tristan Zemsteff '14, David DePino '12.