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Pictured left to right: Alec Aurand, Alyssa Johnson, Michelle Johnson, Bill Lucio (HCC Forensics coach), Miah Dagle, Alli Barr, and Garrett Dunn

Pictured left to right: Alec Aurand, Alyssa Johnson, Michelle Johnson, Bill Lucio (HCC Forensics coach), Miah Dagle, Alli Barr, and Garrett Dunn

Pictured left to right: Alec Aurand, Alyssa Johnson, Michelle Johnson, Bill Lucio (HCC Forensics coach), Miah Dagle, Alli Barr, and Garrett Dunn

Liz Rummel, Not Sarah

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As I walked into the lecture hall of building M, there was no doubt that the Forensic team’s event was inspired by Christmas.  Christmas music filled my ears and Bill Lucio, Forensics and Speech Director at HCC, as well as members of the Forensics team were sporting Christmas themed hats and antlers.

In addition, the Forensics team was raffling off some Christmas goodies; from a stocking full of candy to a gingerbread house kit.  The raffle tickets were only $1.00 and the proceeds went towards the Forensic team’s fundraiser for Nationals in Daytona Beach.  Not only did the money go to a good cause, but as Lucio commented, winners of the raffle could easily use their prize as a Christmas gift for someone on their list or simply enjoy their winnings for themselves.  To be honest, some of the prizes would have brought out my selfish side, as I do not feel I would be able to part with them.

Alec Aurand started the evening off with an impromptu speech.  In this type of speech, Aurand is given two quotations, picks a quotation and what it means to him, then given two minutes in front of an audience to write a five minute speech off the top of his head which he then has to immediately deliver.  “What? That’s crazy”, I said in disbelief to myself and the person sitting next to me.  Aurand sat down, took off his Santa hat and waited for the signal from Lucio that his time had started.  As Lucio signaled the start of the timer, the audience sat quiet and still, curious and eager to watch Aurand’s quick-witted mind at work while his hand jotted down main points to be made.  When ready to begin, Aurand stood up, put back on his Santa hat, looked at his audience and began his speech based off the quotation “holidays are all different depending on the company and time of your life” by Dominique Monahan.

The second performance of the evening was Michelle Johnson, a newcomer to the Forensic’s team.  Johnson’s persuasion speech about how “factory farms are killing the family farms” was very personable considering she has grown up on her family farm and is extensively involved in Ag.  Johnson explained that the numbers of family farms have decreased significantly.  She stated that “according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2017 the number of farms in the United States has gone from about 6.8 million in 1935 to only 2 million today.”  While this number may not seem like a small margin, it is considering how many there use to be and also how many factory farms are taking over.  I am certain I was not the only one who started rethinking where I buy some of my groceries from after Johnson’s persuasion speech.

Alyssa Johnson, another newcomer to the team, was the third performance of the evening with a prose interpretation titled “Yes Means Yes”, by Elna Baker.  Johnson’s performance was about a 24-year-old Mormon who had been living in New York City for the past six years.  She starts dating a guy and soon enough the ‘sex’ question came up.  However, as we all know Mormons do not have sex, but she really liked this guy so maybe she could make an exception.  Just when things were going good and the moment was right, she whispers in her boyfriend ear the only words that come to mind, ”

Performing a humorous persuasion speech about how “we need to fight for trans rights”, Miah Dagle performed next in this eventful night.


Rounding up the event was Alli Barr performing a Dramatic Interpretation titled”Deja Vu Again”, by Cole Kazdin.


Best of luck to the Forensics team in Daytona Beach on Saturday!!


Interested in joining the Forensics team?  Contact Bill Lucio at [email protected] or stop by his office M206.

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