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Monmouth's Adams makes history at final forensics event before nationals

Junior Anthony Adams placed 2nd in Oratory, becoming one of two students selected to represent Illinois at the 2017 Interstate Oratorical Association Competition in Lafayette, La., this April.
Another tournament, another record for the Monmouth College forensics team.

While placing second in oratory at the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament in DeKalb, Ill., Anthony Adams ’18 was one of two students selected to represent Illinois next month at the 2017 Interstate Oratorical Association Competition in Lafayette, La.

“That is the oldest and most prestigious oratorical competition in the country, and Anthony is the first student to qualify in Monmouth College history,” said Monmouth’s forensics director, Rebecca Buel. “I am incredibly proud of Anthony’s hard work, and his advocacy on an issue he cares deeply about. I have no doubt he will represent the state of Illinois well as we enter nationals season.”

Adams’ speech is about the lack of medical representation for the black community in autism research.

“I always felt like culturally, autism has been portrayed as something for white people,” said Adams. “Most research ignores black people, which makes it even worse. That feels downright criminal, so that’s what my speech is on.”

Previously, Adams and Cole Downey ’17 of Geneva, Ill., became the first two Monmouth students to qualify for the American Forensics Association National Tournament, which is April 1-3 at Bradley University.

With the regular season completed, the team will begin to prepare for three April events – the two events where Monmouth is sending its first competitor, plus the National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament.

Students, faculty and the public are invited to attend the Monmouth College Forensics Night Before Nationals. The showcase will be at 7 p.m. April 5 in the Pattee Auditorium of the Center for Science and Business. The team will showcase nationally qualified public address, oral interpretation and limited preparation speeches.