Welcome to the home page for the 2021 Crystal Clear Forensics Reception tournament hosted by McHenry County College on Oct 16, 2021 for College students.

Status: Tournament Completed

Crystal Clear Forensics Reception is going try being hybrid this year! Therefore, the tournament will be by invitation extended to Illinois community colleges (but feel free to reach out for an invite, no one will be refused!)

See updated invite


Updated 10/5/21

 Dear Forensics Friends,

MCC is pleased to invite you to the Crystal Clear Forensics Reception on October 16, 2021. We are implementing a hybrid approach, offering synchronous live and virtual rounds of competition. In the interest of expanding access to ballots, we plan to offer 3 rounds of competition and announce awards based on lowest cumulative scores.

In this novice (first 2 years of competition) tournament, 12 events are offered that (with the exception of Interviewing*) follow Phi Rho Pi guidelines: www.phirhopi.org. There will be a free pizza lunch for those present and advance team orders are requested so teams can eat in assigned spaces that offer optimal social distancing while eating. For competition, face shield options will be provided for all students (see documents for one example).

We look forward to seeing you (one way or another) in October!



Bonnie Gabel                        Sarah Metivier Schadt                        Crii Cox

Director of Forensics          Assistant Coach                                 Assistant Coach                    

(Office) 815-455-8684

(Cell) 847-877-2784


8:00-8:30         Registration and Breakfast (A252)

8:45                 Round 1 of Group A (Duo, Imp, Info, DI, POI, Pers,)

10:00               Round 2 of Group A

11:15               Round 3 of Group A

12:30               Pizza Lunch (provided)

1:00                 Extemp Draw

1:15                 Round 1 of Group B (Extemp, CA, POE, Prose, STE, Interviewing*)

2:15                 Extemp Draw

2:30                 Round 2 of Group B

3:30                 Extemp Draw

3:45                 Round 3 of Group B

ASAP              Awards


*Description of Interviewing event:

Each contestant will be interviewed for a hypothetical position as an intern at a Chicago Speakers Bureau.  This intern position involves supporting members of the speaker relations team by:

·         Assist in identifying trending topics

·         Conduct research on the topics

·         Give presentations to train internal staff on speaker topics

 In round 1, the contestant will be asked general employment questions by an interviewer from Human Resources.  In round 2, the contestant will be interviewed by a Manager about their research and presentation skills.  In the final round, the contestant will be interviewed by one or more members of the staff they would be working with at the bureau.  Contestants will be given the opportunity to ask at least one question in the interview.  Time limit: Each contestant will be interviewed for 7-10 minutes.

This simple resume template must be filled out prior to registration, here is the link:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v4OqekDstGXCxovKn1s2DTc8yAA8tNlJ7HLHdk2wha8/edit#heading=h.6be5lj4njut5 

Then, coaches will place resumes in the shared folder in this Google drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1w_ikg8TA1KD8tRCeLkgH7Mhf9czZH_ET?usp=sharing


Entrances are restricted, all teams will enter through the A bldg. Atrium entrance and registration location signage will direct you to the registration table. For a map, go to:  http://www.mchenry.edu/maps/index.asp


Each school may enter up to six slots per event.  Each student may enter up to three per group. The deadline for receiving entries is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12th.  Drops (without penalty) are due by 3pm on Wednesday, October 13th.  Tournament information/registration: https://forensicstournament.net/CrystalClearForensicsReception/21

Fees & Judges

Entry fees are $8 per slot.  Each school should provide one judge for every six slots. Judges must be live and any uncovered slots are $10 per slot.  A drop fee of $10 per slot will be assessed for each drop after 3 pm Wednesday, October 13th.  Drops at registration will result in a $25 drop fee and a dropped judge will result in a $50 fee.   Make checks payable to McHenry County College/Forensics. 


The top six contestants in each event will receive awards in order of lowest cumulative score.  If more than 6 contestants advance to a final round, those ranking below 6th place will receive a medal marked “Finalist” for that event. The top three individual speakers will receive awards based on scores in final rounds.  Sweepstakes trophies will be awarded to the top five schools based on awarded event scores.  A first place award will earn 12 points, second is 10 points, third is 8 points, fourth is 6 points, fifth is 4 points, and sixth is 2 points (anything past 6th will receive 1 point). MCC students will be entered in the competition and are eligible to place in individual events but not sweepstakes. 



  • Thu 09/30/21 9:13 pm
    Start registration (schools can begin registering competitors and judges)