CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The Prairie State College speech team won the team national championship in the medium school division and brought home several individual awards during the 32nd Novice Nationals tournament hosted by Northern Illinois University March 14-16. The tournament is limited to first-year (novice) competitors. This is the first time a PSC team attended the tournament.
A total of 25 schools from around the country participated in the tournament. Some of the big name schools in attendance included Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., Loyola University in Chicago, University of Louisiana, University of West Florida, Eastern Michigan University, University of Indianapolis, Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga., and Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. Only six community colleges participated.
Sanni Mohammed-Haruna, of Homewood, was named national champion for program oral interpretation and was a semi-finalist in impromptu speaking. Destin Patton-Warner, of Riverdale, was named national champion in prose interpretation and received second place for dramatic interpretation. DaQuawn Bruce, of Riverdale, received third place for informative speaking, fourth place for persuasive speaking, fourth place for poetry interpretation, and was a semi-finalist in impromptu speaking. Allysha Nobles, of Park Forest, received fifth place in dramatic interpretation.
The team is coached by PSC professors David Naze, Ed Schwarz, and Elighie Wilson.