The Illinois State University Speech Team sent students to two different tournaments last weekend. One squad placed second at the State tournament of Illinois and won the George Armstrong Award. The other squad won first place at the “Any Last Words” tournament hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, beating teams such as Butler University, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois. This was the tenth tournament the Speechbirds have won this semester.
At the state tournament, two students won state titles. Senior Mike Tristano (Downers Grove) was the State Champion in Rhetorical Criticism while also placing sixth in Informative Speaking. Robi Mahan (Harrisburg) was the State Champion in Programmed Oral Interpretation. Mahan also placed third in Duo Interpretation with junior partner Joseph Hlavaty (Maywood). Hlavaty also placed third in both Dramatic Interpretation and Prose Interpretation as well as fourth in Individual Sweepstakes. Senior Brian Rohman (Metamora) placed fifth in Rhetorical Criticism and fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking. Senior Laura Balinski (Antioch) placed fourth in Dramatic and fifth in Programmed Oral Interpretation. Sophomore Hananiah Wiggins (Dekalb) placed second in Dramatic. Sophomore Kambria Vance (Normal) placed sixth in Prose. Sophomore Cole Moriarty (Algoquin) placed sixth in Extemporaneous.
Meanwhile, at IUPUI, students also did well in their individual events. Junior Molly Mehochko (Mazon) placed first in both After Dinner Speaking and Programmed Oral Interpretation. Junior Marissa Gallas (Downers Grove) placed second in Rhetorical Criticism and sixth in Prose. Junior Jeremy Murphy (Morris) placed fourth in Rhetorical Criticism and sixth in Informative. Sophomore Ayanna Guzman (Oak Lawn) placed fourth in both Extemporaneous and Persuasive Speaking, second in After Dinner, fourth in Impromptu Speaking, and second in Individual Sweepstakes. Sophomore Maggie Butzen (Downers Grove) placed fifth in Extemporaneous. Sophomore Alissa Wicklein (Downers Grove) placed fourth in After Dinner, fifth in Prose, and third in Dramatic. Freshman Kim Fischer (Orland Park) placed second in both Prose and Dramatic, as well as third in Duo with freshman partner Tommy McCarty (Barlett).