North Central College - Naperville, IL

David DePino


David is a star in forensics. From the start, he competed on North Central’s speech and debate teams and consistently placed among the top competitors at national, state and regional tournaments.

His junior year alone, he was national champion in Informative Speaking at a national comprehensive tournament, claimed second in Persuasive Speaking at one of the year’s most prestigious national tournaments, and made College history at the 143rd Interstate Oratorical Association National Tournament. Placing in the final round, he was the first North Central student to ever do so and only the second one to qualify for this national competition. North Central’s faculty named him the Outstanding Student in Forensics. On the side as part of his service to the forensic community, David helps coach local high school speech teams. His future plans include graduate studies in either communication or history and coaching speech and debate at the college level.

“I want to help students achieve at the same level my North Central coaches inspired in me to achieve,” he says.