The Illinois State University Forensics Union placed third as a team at Central Michigan University’s recent “Perfect Pairs” tournament, ahead of teams such as Ball State University, the University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University.
Students found great success on the individual level as well. Senior Jeremy Murphy (Morris) placed first in Impromptu Speaking and third in Rhetorical Criticism. Senior Molly Mehochko (Mazon) who placed first in Rhetorical Criticism, first in Programmed Oral Interpretation, and sixth in After Dinner Speaking. Junior Hananiah Wiggins (Dekalb) placed first in Poetry Interpretation, first in Popular-Culture Extemporaneous Speaking, first in Informative Speaking, second in Programmed Oral Interpretation, and third in Individual Sweepstakes. Freshman Tyler Cruz (Gurnee) placed sixth in Dramatic Interpretation and fourth in Rhetorical Criticism. Freshman Colin Gahungu (Flossmoor) and sophomore Laura Ball (Downers Grove) each finished with a record of two wins and two losses in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
Cruz said of the tournament, “it was exciting to take such a small team and yet still do so well. It made a large statement that we were able to do that, especially because that is the area of one of the national tournaments this spring.”
The ISU Forensics Union, the oldest and most successful registered student organization on campus, boasts over 80 individual titles and 10 team titles at nationals. The team competes in Lincoln-Douglas debate, public speaking, and oral interpretation events. Last year, ISU placed fifth at the National Forensics Association national tournament.