North Central College - Naperville, IL

Forensics team is off to great start

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North Central College’s forensics team is building on last year’s successful finish in national competition with a strong start this year.

“We’re entering a new season with brand new events, and already the forensic team is continuing to demonstrate a strong record of competitive success,” says John Stanley, assistant professor of speech communication, assistant director of forensics and director of individual events.

On Sept. 10, history and speech communication major David DePino ’13 attended a tournament at the University of Indianapolis and placed third in Informative Speaking and sixth in Impromptu Speaking.

Stanley invites all students of any major to join the team meetings on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in Goldspohn Hall, room 20. “Students don’t need prior experience in order to compete for North Central’s forensic team,” he says.

North Central’s team is planning its annual Forensics Reunion—including past, current and new members—starting at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Pfeiffer Hall lobby. A dinner will follow at 5 p.m. in the White Activities Center. For more information contact Stanley at

A final national event from last season’s team effort took place April 14-18 at the National Forensic Association Individual Event tournament. Overall, North Central College’s team placed fourth in the country in the President’s Division II, which was the largest division at the national tournament. June 2011 graduate Nicole Autry placed seventh in the nation out of 200 students in Persuasive Speaking, William Miller ’12 placed 20th in the nation out of 200 students in Persuasive Speaking and sixth in the nation out of 90 in Editorial Impromptu, and DePino placed 10th in the nation out of 182 students in Informative Speaking and 20th in the nation out of 225 students in Impromptu Speaking.

During forensics competitions, teams are placed in different divisions based on the size of their entry for team awards. Students qualify over the season, from September through April, to reach nationals and once there, they compete against everyone, no matter how large or small a team. As a result, says Stanley, “It’s quite an accomplishment when our students place. They are literally competing against those who have qualified from all across the country. They are competing with the best of the best in the nation.”