COD Forensics Team Places Fourth at Novice Nationals Competition

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By Mike McKissack

The College of DuPage Forensics team placed fourth at the Novice Nationals tournament held at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida.

The Novice Nationals tournament brings together community college and four-year teams from across the country in head-to-head competition. Only students in their first year of Forensics are allowed to compete at this tournament.

Team members who earned awards at the competition include Cem Addemir (Naperville), quarterfinalist in International Public Debate; Mojeri Coker (Warrenville), third place in Poetry; Jake Cowart (Lombard), second place in Persuasion and third place in Communication Analysis; Liz Fritz (Naperville), Novice National Champion in Parliamentary Debate; Gabi Gruver (Naperville), Novice National Champion in Parliamentary Debate, Novice National Champion in Communication Analysis, fourth place in Extemporaneous Speaking, and fourth place in Persuasion; and Roha Nehas (Glendale Heights), second place in International Public Debate and a third place Speaker Award.

Also joining the team were Katrina Caluzza (Aurora), Ian Hogan (Naperville), Hamdan Suhail (Woodridge) and Rocio Olvera (Elmhurst).

The College of DuPage Forensics Team is coached by Lauren Morgan, Kacy Abeln, Matt Beifuss, Jude Geigner, Mia Poston and Brandon Wood.

The COD Forensics team will complete its season at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament on April 10-15 in Washington, D.C. For more information about the Forensics individual events and debate teams, contact Forensics Director Morgan at (630) 942-2007 or

(Pictured left to right: Front row: Cem Addemir, Rocio Olvera, Roha Nehas, Gabbi Gruver, Liz Fritz; Back row: Mojeri Coker, Katrina Caluzza, Jake Cowart and Hamdan Suhail.)

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