National Speech Champions

Two Harper College debaters took home championships from a recent national tournament comprising primarily four-year schools.

Sophomore Craig Nelson and freshman Elisa Galvan, both Schaumburg High School graduates, landed the top titles in parliamentary debate at the Kansas City, Mo. tournament. Sophomore Shauna Jungdahl was a national runner-up in Speech to Entertain category, beating out nearly 80 competitors.

Overall, Harper's state champion Speech and Debate Team finished in 14th place among 68 schools.

"We are incredibly proud of this team's accomplishments," head coach and professor Jeff Przybylo says. "The students' high standing in a competition dominated by teams from four-year colleges and universities speaks volumes about their talent and communication skills."

The squad will perform for the public at its annual Night Before Nationals event, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 in the Performing Arts Center on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Tickets are $6 for general admission. Call 847.925.6100 or visit

That event precedes the Phi Rho Pi community college nationals, scheduled for April 9 to 14 in Schaumburg. Harper's team placed third - the best performance in squad history - at that tournament last year.

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159,