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Highland Speech and Debate Team winners at the state tournament

Speech team members pose with trophies

It was a historic performance for the Highland Community College Speech and Debate Team with a strong showing at the state tournament on March 3-4 at Northern Illinois University. The team has met with success over the season and looks forward to the regional and national competition.

“I am beyond proud of Highland’s performance at the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association (IIFA) State Tournament,” said Speech Team Coach and Advisor Harry Bodell, a speech communication instructor. “In our team’s long history, this appears to be Highland’s first time finishing among the top five community colleges in overall team sweepstakes. We were also able to secure our first individual state championship of my tenure at Highland — the first of what I expect to be many.

Bodell adds, “As proud as I am of the team’s competitive success at our state’s most competitive and prestigious tournament, I am so proud of how each member of the team represents the college as a student and individual. They are supportive, curious, motivated, and team-oriented. It is a joy to work with them, and Highland can be proud of how it is represented on the statewide stage.”

“We are proud to see our tireless efforts pay off this season,” added Brooke Allison Parkinson, who was named State Champion for Prose Interpretation. “This close-knit team, benevolent coaches, and close supporters are the reasons for our success. Many thanks to all of them.”


International Public Debate (IPDA)

Brooke Allison Parkinson, Two-Year Semifinalist

Communication Analysis (Two-year)

Brooke Allison Parkinson, Third Place

Mason McIntyre, Sixth Place

Dramatic Interpretation (Two-year)

Noah Redmore, Fifth Place

Duo Interpretation (Two-year)

Maddie Eppenstein & Ruby Snyder, Third Place

Extemporaneous Speaking (Two-year)

Mason McIntyre, Fourth Place

Informative Speaking (Two-year)

Mason McIntyre, Third Place

Persuasive Speaking (Two-year)

Noah Redmore, Second Place

Prose Interpretation (Two-year)

Brooke Allison Parkinson, State Champion

Tabitha Roenneburg, Fifth Place

Speech to Entertain (Two-year)

Noah Redmore, Fourth Place

Brooke Allison Parkinson,Fifth Place

Team Sweepstakes

Two-Year Individual Events: Fourth Place

Two-Year Overall Sweeps: Fifth Place

Photo (left to right):  Kevyn Sutter, Ruby Snyder, Brooke Allison Parkinson, Mason McIntyre, Olivia Wilhelms, Matthew Coulson, Tabitha Roenneburg, Noah Redmore, Maddie Eppenstein, Harry Bodell

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