Prairie State College's speech team finished fifth among community colleges in the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association state tournament in Peoria. Pictured are (front row, from left) Sanni Mohammed-Haruna and Destin Patton-Warner; and (back row, from left) Jasmine Ross, Allysha Nobles, Censarray Wilson and DaQuawn Bruce. | Photo courtesy of Prairie State College
Updated: April 17, 2014 6:29AM
Prairie State College’s speech team talked its way into a fifth-place finish at the recent Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association state tournament, according to a press release from the Chicago Heights school.
The team also took home several individual awards from the tournament, which was hosted by Bradley University in Peoria.
DaQuawn Bruce, of Riverdale, grabbed two second-place finishes, one for poetry interpretation and the other for oratory. Jasmine Ross, of Richton Park, received second place for prose interpretation. Destin Patton-Warner, of Riverdale, earned fourth place for dramatic interpretation and sixth for prose interpretation. Allysha Nobles, of Park Forest, won sixth place for dramatic interpretation.
Censarray Wilson, of South Holland, also competed.
The team’s coaches are college professors Elighie Wilson, Ed Schwarz and David Naze.
“We are so proud of our students,” Naze said in the press release. “In terms of experience, this is the youngest team we’ve ever taken to the state tournament, yet they performed and competed like seasoned veterans, and the results showed.”