Casper College Forensics Team

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Award-Winning Speech & Debate Team

Members of the Casper College Forensics Team compete in a variety of events sponsored by the American Forensics Association (AFA), Phi Rho Pi (PRP), and the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA).  Members of the team range from very experienced to those who have never competed in forensics.  The team travels to approximately 4-5 tournaments per semester in the Rocky Mountain region (Montana, Wyoming, Colorado), culminating with competition at the Phi Rho Pi Community College National Tournament in April.  The team also participates in competition at the International Forensics Association tournament.  These tournaments have been held in locations such as Spain, the Czech Republic, Agentina, England, and Germany.

Students have the opportunity to compete in Limited Preparation events (Impromptu, Extemporaneous Speaking), Platform events (Persuasive Speaking, Informative Speaking, Communication Analysis, After Dinner Speaking), Interpretation events (Dramatic Interp, Prose Interp, Poetry Interp, Program Oral Interp, Dramatic Duo Interp), Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Parliamentary Debate.

Become a Member of our Team

Who can join the forensics team?

Any Casper College Student, with twelve or more credits. No prior experience is required. Talk to the coaches about securing your spot on the team!

Why would I want to join the forensics team?

  • Speech is an excellent way to develop interpersonal communication skills
  • You will be able to meet many people from all over the United States
  • Employers look for people who can demonstrate good communication skills
  • You will be able to see many college campuses around our region

Are there scholarships available?

Yes! Fill out the scholarship application form.

Are there academic requirements to be on the team?

Team members are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA, with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester, and enroll in CO/M 1060 for the first semester of participation (CO/M 2060 in the second year).

How do I join the forensics team?

Contact a coach.

Awards and National Competition Results

Gretchen Wheeler Season Sweepstakes Award

  • 2024 – Dani Shulz – 87 pts
  • 2024 – Jay Roccaforte – 131.5 pts
  • 2022 – Jayden Roccaforte – 180 pts
  • 2021 – Stephanie Barella – 68 pts (Virtual Season – Covid-19)
  • 2020 – Jae Fletcher – 89 pts (Covid-19 Shortened Season)
  • 2019 – Charli Blu – 141.5 pts
  • 2018 – Charli Blu – 207.5 pts

Gale Alexander Fellowship Award

  • 2024 – Tyler Cooper
  • 2023 – Pearl Taylor
  • 2022 – Markie Whitney
  • 2021 – Kaelan Rodriguez
  • 2020 – Hannah Arnold
  • 2019 – Charli Blu
  • 2018 – Mary Schroer

2024 Phi Rho Pi Individual Results – Reno, NV

  • Dani Schulz – Poetry (Gold), Dramatic Interpretation (Gold)
  • Eva Stone – Prose (Bronze)
  • Tyler Cooper – Dramatic Interpretation (Silver), Extemporaneous Speaking (Bronze)
  • Pearl Taylor – Prose (Gold), IPDA (Bronze)
  • Nina Bivens – IPDA (Silver)
  • Kambrie White – Speech to Entertain (Bronze), Duo Interpretation with Davin Ro (Bronze)
  • Davin Ro – Poetry (Bronze), Speech to Entertain (Bronze), Duo Interpretation with Kambrie White (Bronze)
  • Sienna Gomez – Communication Analysis (Bronze)
  • Jack Cochran – Informative Speaking (Bronze)
  • Team – Wyman Division – Overall (Bronze), Individual Events (Bronze), Debate Events (Bronze)

2023 Phi Rho Pi Individual Results – Bethesda, MD

  • Jayden Roccaforte – Poetry (Gold), Duo Interpretation with Emma Rudell (Bronze), Persuasive Speaking (Silver), Program of Oral Interpretation (Bronze)
  • Emma Rudell – Duo Interpretation w/Jayden Roccaforte (Bronze), Program of Oral Interpretation (Bronze)
  • Pearl Taylor – Program of Oral Interpretation (Silver)
  • Curtis Winfrey – Extemporaneous Speaking (Bronze), Impromptu Speaking (Bronze)
  • Tyler Cooper – Extemporaneous Speaking (Bronze)
  • Nina Bivens – Communication Analysis (Bronze), Impromptu Speaking (Bronze)
  • Eva Stone – Poetry (Bronze), Informative Speaking (Bronze)
  • Sienna Gomez – IPDA (Bronze)
  • Team – Wyman Division – Overall (Bronze), Individual Events (Bronze), Debate Events (Bronze)

2022 Phi Rho Pi Individual Results – St. Charles, MO

  • Alex Walters – Impromptu Speaking (Gold), Persuasive Speaking (Gold), Informative Speaking (Silver), Bovero-Tabor (3rd)
  • Brax Allen-Sambrano – Prose Interpretation (Bronze)
  • Violet Wright – Informative (Bronze)
  • Emma Kellick – Impromptu (Gold), Informative Speaking (Bronze), Warren-Dahlin Student Fellowship Award Recipient
  • Markie Whitney – IPDA (Gold)
  • Shelby Davis – IPDA (Gold; Top Speaker)
  • Pearl Taylor – Poetry Interpretation (Bronze)
  • Emma Rudell – Poetry Interpretation (Bronze, Program Oral Interp (Bronze), Duo Interp(Bronze)
  • Jayden Roccaforte – Program Oral Interp (Gold), Duo Interp (Bronze), Prose Interp (Bronze)
  • Team – Wyman Division – Overall (Bronze), Individual Events (Silver), Debate Events (Silver)

2021 Phi Rho Pi Individual Results – Virtual “Phi Rho Pi In Space”

  • Kaelan Rodriguez – Speech to Entertain (Bronze)
  • Izzy Garcia – Impromptu Speaking (Bronze)
  • Alex Walters – Impromptu Speaking (Bronze), Informative Speaking (Silver), IPDA (Silver) Bovero-Tabor (5th)
  • Brax Allen-Sambrano – Impromptu Speaking (Gold)
  • Stephanie Barella – IPDA (Silver)
  • Markie Whitney – IPDA (Gold)
  • Shelby Davis – IPDA (Bronze), Impromptu Speaking (Silver)
  • Emma Kellick – IPDA (Silver)
  • Team – Wheeler Division – Overall (Silver), Individual Events (Silver), Debate Events (Gold)

2020 Phi Rho Pi Results – Albuquerque, NM


2019 Phi Rho Pi Results – Reno, Nevada 

  • Charli Blu – IPDA (Gold), Extemporaneous Speaking (Gold), Impromptu Speaking (Gold), Informative Speaking (Bronze)
  • Chloe Adkins – IPDA (Gold) Jae Fletcher – IPDA (Gold)
  • Thayne Macy – IPDA (Bronze) Extemporaneous Speaking (Bronze)
  • Izzy Garcia – Impromptu Speaking (Bronze)
  • Team: Wheeler Division – Overall (Silver), Debate (Bronze), Individual Events (Silver)
Forensics team group photo