College of DuPage places in top 10 at national speech tournament

  • The College of DuPage Forensics Team includes: front row, from left, Jennalyn Mendiola, Stephanie Tagudar, Johanna Kando, Alexandra Weston and Amy Ayyad; second row, Brooke Morenz, Kelsey Peters, Samantha Powers, Anita Kuchlewski, Djimon Lewis and Jake Fondel; and back row, Gavin McDonnell, Rachael Johnson and Jacob Trecziak.

    The College of DuPage Forensics Team includes: front row, from left, Jennalyn Mendiola, Stephanie Tagudar, Johanna Kando, Alexandra Weston and Amy Ayyad; second row, Brooke Morenz, Kelsey Peters, Samantha Powers, Anita Kuchlewski, Djimon Lewis and Jake Fondel; and back row, Gavin McDonnell, Rachael Johnson and Jacob Trecziak. Courtesy of College of DuPage

 
Submitted by COD News Bureau

The College of DuPage Forensics Team placed sixth overall at the recent 2019 Pi Rho Pi National Forensics Tournament.

Individual winners include:

• Amy Ayyad, first place in Informative Speaking, third place in Prose Interpretation;

• Jake Fondel, second place in IDPA Debate, third place in Parliamentary Debate, third place in Extemporaneous Speaking, recipient of the Lynch-Grossman International Debate Fellowship Award;

• Rachael Johnson, third place in Dramatic interpretation;

• Anita Kuchlewski, third place in Prose Interpretation, third place in Speech to Entertain, third place in Informative Speaking;

• Djimon Lewis, first place in Dramatic Interpretation, first place in Persuasive Speaking, third place in Poetry, third place in Parliamentary Debate (with Alexandra Weston), third place in Individual Sweepstakes;

• Gavin McDonnell, third place in Informative Speaking; Brooke Morenz, third place in Dramatic Interpretation;

• Kelsey Peters, third place in Persuasive Speaking, third place in Prose Interpretation;

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• Samantha Powers, third place in Impromptu Speaking;

• Alexandra Weston, third place in Parliamentary Debate (with Lewis), third place in IDPA Debate.

Additional team members competing included Jennalyn Mendiola, Johanna Kando and Stephaine Tagudar.

The team also took fourth place in individual events and fifth place in debate.

The COD Forensics Team is led by full-time speech faculty members Kacy Abeln-Stevens, Brandon Wood and Lauren Morgan, who was this year's recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, adjunct faculty member Matt Beifuss, and alumni Heidi Bajek, Tia Collins, Zoya Khan, Rocky Roque, Jim Snyder and Mahera Suhail.

For more information about the Forensics team, contact Forensics Director Lauren Morgan at morgan@cod.edu, (630) 942-2007, or visit the Forensics Team Web page at www.cod.edu.

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