FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                Date: February 27, 2003

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716


UIS Forensics Team places third at Harper tournament


SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team took third place honors at the Harper College Speech and Debate Tournament held February 22 at Harper College in Palatine. UIS was among 16 teams to compete at the tournament.

One senior, Dusty McEwen, and eight Capital Scholars -- Nels Dale, Saira Malik, Alisabeth Manzoeillo, Nicole Overcash, Nick Roman, Nanette Turner, Gabrielle Wiegand, and Chris Wyant -- represented UIS.

In addition to the third place overall award as a team, UIS captured a number of individual honors. Wyant and Dale took first place in parliamentary debate. Wyant and Malik took second place in dramatic duo interpretation, while Turner and Wiegand took sixth place in that event. Wiegand and Manzoeillo took fourth and sixth place, respectively, in prose interpretation. In group discussion, first place went to Dale, third place to Malik, and Roman was named best team player.

The team is now preparing for national tournaments at Cameron University in Oklahoma and Morgan State University in Maryland.

The UIS forensics team is in only its second year of competition. Members can compete in a number of events including Dramatic Duo Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking,



Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, After-Dinner Speaking, Communication Analysis, and Parliamentary Debate.

The UIS Forensics program is open to all students, but has so far attracted mostly Capital Scholars.  Capital Scholars at UIS is a four-year baccalaureate program open to students entering their first year of college who have demonstrated high academic achievement and potential for creativity and leadership.

For information about Forensics/Speech and Debate at UIS, contact program director Sue Weber at or visit